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Image Number 323 (Lupus Profundus)


Diagnosis: Lupus Profundus

Site: Cheek

Sex: F

Age: 40

Type: Clinical

Description: Atrophic plaques

Submitted by: Shahbaz Janjua

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Differential Diagnosis

History: Lupus profundus, also known as lupus panniculitis was first described by Kaposi in 1869.  It  is a chronic relapsing panniculitis characterized by the development of deeply situated subcutaneous nodules and/or plaques with a predilection for the upper arms, face, shoulders and buttocks.  It occurs in about 1 to 3% of patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus.

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