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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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What is the definition or description of: Subacute cutaneous lupus?

Subacute cutaneous lupus: This is an autoimmune disease which is exacerbated by sun exposure. It includes a rash on sun exposed areas such as the face, chest, and arms. It may be seen in Inc. his and in adults. It is often associated with abnormal immunology studies such as an SSA and SSB autoantibodies. The treatment differs versus on the severity of the skin lesions and includes both topical and oral medications. ...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 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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Does cutaneous lupus always present with positive ANA? What other tests besides skin biopsy can tell?

Does cutaneous lupus always present with positive ANA? What other tests besides skin biopsy can tell?

See below: There is no single test for lupus. A person can have lupus without ANA. The following website provides information about diagnostic criteria for lupus. May I add that there experts for such disease at UPMC in Pittsburgh. http://forums.webmd.com/3/lupus-exchange/resource/26 ...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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I had a biopsy of a reoccuring winter-time rash on my neck, and the results suggested possible cutaneous lupus. Can untreated sleep apnea raise risk?

I had a biopsy of a reoccuring winter-time rash on my neck, and the results suggested possible cutaneous lupus. Can untreated sleep apnea raise risk?

No evidence: The is no evidence available that links cutaneous lupus with untreated sleep apnea. Sleep apnea tends to have more cardiovascular risks such as a heart attack, stroke or even contributing to blood clots. If there is a suspicion of sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about getting tested and treated. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC treatments to reduce the scarring to the face from cutaneous lupus? Insurance won't cover dermatologist. Taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) to treat.

Yes: Insurance can cover scar revisions when due to medical illness sometimes. Depends on your particular policy. Seek advice from a board certified plastic surgeon for options. ...Read more

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How do you have a safe baby with lupus?

How do you have a safe baby with lupus?

Control risk factors: The best way to insure an uneventful pregnancy to to be sure your lupus is under excellent control and you do not have any risk factors such as anticardiolipin antibodies present. Be under the care of a rheumatologist and do not stop any meds during pregnancy without the approval of the rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe for people with lupus to take gabipentin?

See below: Unless you are on meds that would counteract with it, it is relatively safe drug to use in lupus patients to help treat neuropathy and other conditions. ...Read more

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Is opc3 safe for someone with lupus and low kidney function?

Waste of money: Safe or not there is nothing in this product you need to be taking. If you are eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetable and lean meats you are getting all the antioxidants you need. As well this product contains a high amount of potassium, which could be dangerous for someone with kidney disease. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with lupus 1/17/10, is it safe to get a tatto?

There's a risk: Colorful tattoos have been linked with bad flare-ups. Whether this is a coincidence or cause, getting such a tattoo is playing russian roulette with your chaotic immune system. Lupus is among the cruelest of diseases, and i admire your proactive approach to your health. Good luck. ...Read more

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Subacute Cutaneous Lupus (Definition)

This is an autoimmune disease which is exacerbated by sun exposure. It includes a rash on sun exposed areas such as the face, chest, and arms. It may be seen in Inc. his and in adults. It is often associated with abnormal immunology studies such as an SSA and SSB autoantibodies. The treatment differs versus on the severity of the skin lesions and includes both ...Read more