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Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus
  1. Jacqueline Furzeland1 and
  2. P Malcolm2
  1. 1Sickbay, Stonehouse Barracks, Medical Centre, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Department of Cellular and Anatomical Pathology, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jacqueline Furzeland, Sickbay, Stonehouse Barracks, Durnford Street, Plymouth PL1 3QS, UK; jacqueline{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

A 31-year-old female soldier developed subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, which remained undiagnosed for 4 years. Referral to dermatology and a punch biopsy confirmed the diagnosis and effective treatment was instituted. The presence of an unresolving annular rash in light-exposed areas, especially in a young woman, should prompt thorough investigation and referral if necessary. The prognosis for this condition is generally good, although a small proportion of patients will go on to develop systemic lupus erythematosus. The occupational implications of this condition require thoughtful management in the military population.

  • RHEUMATOLOGY
  • Received September 25, 2015.
  • Revision received March 29, 2016.
  • Accepted March 30, 2016.

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  • Received September 25, 2015.
  • Revision received March 29, 2016.
  • Accepted March 30, 2016.
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