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What are the tests for subacute cutaneous lupus?

What are the tests for subacute cutaneous lupus?

Biopsy, blood test: Rashes are not always easy to diagnose. Simple acne or severe plaque psoriasis may not require further tests to diagnose the condition. In scle, the rash may require a biopsy which is the very best test. Blood tests may reveal a positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) and a positive ssa antibody. ...Read more

Cutaneous (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of most complex organs of body. 3 layers: epidermis (outer), dermis (main part) and subcutaneous layers covers entire body, contains many specialized cells, maintains body temp, gathers sensory info from the outer world, has extremely important immune functions. It can give crucial clues as to what is internal. Dermatology and plastic surgery are ...Read more


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What tests tell if you have subacute cutaneous lupus?

What tests tell if you have subacute cutaneous lupus?

Tests for cutan lupu: Extractable nuclear antigen known as ena, also known as antiro/la antibodies are aalways positive in patients with subacute cutaneous lupus and skin biopsy may be diagnostic.Direct immunoflorescence test may show positive antibody deposition along the basement membrane. ...Read more

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What are the associated symptoms of subacute cutaneous lupus?

What are the associated symptoms of subacute cutaneous lupus?

Rash: There are different types of subacute cutaneous lupus (scle) - a characteristic form has lesions that may have an annular configuration, with raised red borders and central clearing. A second type of scle has psoriasis-like lesions with red scaly patches on the arms, shoulders, neck, and trunk and fewer patches on the face. This rash is characteristically made worse by sunshine - photosensitive. ...Read more

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In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

Yes: The three conditions all share a common underlying mechanism, that of autoimmune inflammation. Each condition manifests this mechanism in a specific organ or gland, namely the salivary gland, skin, kidneys, etc. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for subacute cutaneous lupus?

No sun, some Rx: Sun protection, topical steroids. If no better in 2-4 weeks, cortisone injections into the lesions or topical calcineurin inhibitors. If still no better in 2-4 more weeks, oral hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medication. There are even further treatment for refractory cases but the above usually works. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects/long term issues related to cutaneous lupus? I currently have vasculitis in my legs. What else could be of concern?

What are the possible side effects/long term issues related to cutaneous lupus? I currently have vasculitis in my legs. What else could be of concern?

It is always: important to make sure you truly have the cutaneous type and not the systemic type. Simple blood tests may help. Also having a good Rheumatologist to help with the definitive diagnosis would be important. ...Read more

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What is chronic cutaneous lupus erthremyphosis

See: Subacute cutaneous lupus is a subtype of lupus that can have a lupus and be associated with positive antibodies for sjogren's as well as thyroid disease. Rarely, does it ever transition to systemic lupus. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What diagnostic tests are there for cutaneous lupus? Do you have to wait until symptoms (a rash) re-occur to get diagnosed?

What diagnostic tests are there for cutaneous lupus? Do you have to wait until symptoms (a rash) re-occur to get diagnosed?

Multiple factors: Please consult this site for diagnostic criteria for lupus. http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-diagnostic-criteria ...Read more

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Does chronic cutaneous discoid lupus eryhermyosolus turn systemic if you have positive ANA 1:1280 normally.

Cutaneous lupus: Systemic lupus erythematosus can follow the rash of discoid lupus, but a high titer ANA does not make that diagnosis without other specific signs and symptoms of systemic lupus ...Read more

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Subacute Cutaneous Lupus (Definition)

Subacute cutaneous lupus is a condition due the immune system inappropriately targeting the affected person's skin, causing small areas of redness and pain on the skin that are very sensitive to sunlight and are associated ...Read more