Extensive scarring more likely in discoid lupus

May 9, 2012

Patients suffering from the discoid form of cutaneous lupus erythematosus tend to have worse skin damage than patients with systemic lupus, a new report suggests.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Patients suffering from the discoid form of cutaneous lupus erythematosus tend to have worse skin damage than patients with systemic lupus, a new report suggests.

Researchers from the University of Puerto Rico analyzed data from a longitudinal cohort of 2,228 patients from centers across the United States. They determined that when compared to patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), those with the discoid form were much more likely to have significant cutaneous scarring and scarring alopecia, MedPage Today reports. Discoid sufferers also showed increased risks for development of sequelae such as chronic seizures.

"Our findings highlight the importance of surveillance of this population of SLE patients, particularly because of the association with serious manifestations such as vasculitis and chronic seizures," study authors wrote.

The study was published in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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