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Dr. Emily Altman
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Subacute Cutaneous Lupus (Overview)

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 with fever and fatigue.


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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

Dr. Emily Altman
11 doctors shared insights

Subacute Cutaneous Lupus (Overview)

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 with fever and fatigue.


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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

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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with rheumatologist & don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day. Discuss changes with rheum doc.
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Avoid unprotected sun exposure. Wear SPF30+ and a hat everyday.
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Get plenty of rest every day -- fatigue can trigger flares
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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 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 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

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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?

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

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