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Keywords:

  • carbon dioxide laser;
  • lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei;
  • trichloroacetic acid

Abstract

We present a case of a 35-year-old man having a 12-month history of multiple reddish-brown papules on the chin, forehead, cheeks, and eyelids. Histopathologic findings revealed epithelioid cell granulomas with central necrosis consistent with a diagnosis of lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei. After 9 months of combined treatment with ethambutol, rifampin, and pyrazinamide, most lesions gradually resolved but remained as severe disfiguring scars. After 10 sessions of treatments with 100% trichloroacetic acid and CO2 laser, the lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei scars have been much improved and the patient has never experienced a recurrence of disease during subsequent years of follow-up.