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Can you do a skin biopsy for lupus with no rash and it be positive for lupus?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Would require getting a location that has the characteristics of lupus on examination. Not sure of the odds, but it would be possible.

Answered Jun 25, 2013

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Dr. Thomas Lafferty answered

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There is a condition called discoid lupus where patients have scarring, especially on their scalp. There is also a condition called subacute cutaneous lupus. Also, biopsy reports can be "consistent with" lupus but sometimes findings are non-specific. Ideally you should see a rheumatologist to sort this out.

Answered Jun 11, 2013

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