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Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

A dermatologic manifestation of lupus involving erythematous, scaly patches or plaques, generally appearing on the upper back, chest, and arms, and often following sun exposure. It most often resolves without scarring.

Symptoms of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

The following features are indicative of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus:
  • scaly skin lesions in sun-exposed areas
  • polycyclic annular lesions over sun exposed areas

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Common Causes of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

The following are the most common causes of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus:
  • application of sun sensitizing medications over skin
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren's syndrome

Risk Factors for Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus:
  • excessive sun exposure
  • white women

Prevention of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid sun exposure

Occurrence of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

Common Age Group

Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 15-40 years

Common Gender

Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus:
  • Lupus band test: Reveals granular IgM antibodies and microgranular C3 deposition at the dermoepidermal junction
  • Histopathologic examination: To diagnose orthohyperkeratosis, epidermal atrophy and a dermal perivascular lymphohistiocytic infiltration

Complications of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus if untreated

Yes, Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus is left untreated:
  • unilateral sensorimotor neuropathy

Self-care for Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus:
  • Marfan syndrome
  • aneurysmal dilation
  • malperfusion syndrome
  • intractable pain
  • hypertension

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus:
  • Intake of vitamin D supplementation: Supplements are advised to patients who are restricted to sun exposure

Patient Support for Treatment of Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

The following actions may help Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus patients:
  • Educate patients about the disease and it's prevention: Helps in coping the disease

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus.
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