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Is it possible to have lupus and not have butterfly rash?

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Dr. Benjamin S. Frank
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Yes

Though the butterfly rash on the cheeks is common, it is not always present.
Some patients may never have an evident malar rash (the technical name). Interestingly, the name of the disease, which is latin for "wolf, " is based on the fanciful idea that the rash makes faces look wolf-like.

In brief: Yes

Though the butterfly rash on the cheeks is common, it is not always present.
Some patients may never have an evident malar rash (the technical name). Interestingly, the name of the disease, which is latin for "wolf, " is based on the fanciful idea that the rash makes faces look wolf-like.
Dr. Benjamin S. Frank
Dr. Benjamin S. Frank
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Absolutely

Many presentations of sle are very different.
A malar rash is only one of many presenting clinical problems. Only 30 percent of sle pts coming to a rheumatogist have the rash. I suspect it is higher for dermatologists.

In brief: Absolutely

Many presentations of sle are very different.
A malar rash is only one of many presenting clinical problems. Only 30 percent of sle pts coming to a rheumatogist have the rash. I suspect it is higher for dermatologists.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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