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Discoid lupus erythematosus
Classification and external resources

Discoid lupus erythematosus lesion of the face.
ICD-10 L93.0
ICD-9 695.4
DiseasesDB 29595
MeSH D008179

Discoid lupus erythematosus can be divided into localized, generalized and childhood discoid lupus erythematosus.[1]

Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation and scarring favoring the face, ears, and scalp and at times on other body areas. These lesions develop as a red, inflamed patch with a scaling and crusty appearance. The center areas may appear lighter in color with a rim darker than the normal skin.



Localized discoid lupus erythematosus typically presents with skin lesions localized above the neck, with favored sites being the scalp, bridge of nose, cheeks, lower lip, and ears.[1]

Generalized discoid lupus erythematosus

Generalized discoid lupus erythematosus is less common than localized discoid lupus erythematosus, with all degrees of severity being encountered, most often affecting the thorax and upper extremities in addition to the head and neck.[1]

Childhood discoid lupus erythematosus

Childhood discoid lupus erythematosus lacks a female predominace, has a low frequency of photosensitivity, and a higher progression to systemic lupus erythematosus, but in most other respects, the clinical presentation and course is similar to those in adults.[1]

The singer Seal is a prominent member of society to have suffered from this condition.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. (10th ed.) Saunders. Chapter 8. ISBN 0721629210.


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