AN UNUSUAL VARIANT OF LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS OR LICHEN PLANUS*

Authors

  • P. W. MONCKTON COPEMAN,

    1. Westminster Hospital, London S.W.I (Dr Copeman); Venereal Disease Branch, National Communicable Disease Centre, Atlanta, Georgia 30333 (Dr Schroeter); Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota 55901 (Dr Kierland)
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  • ARNOLD L. SCHROETER,

    1. Westminster Hospital, London S.W.I (Dr Copeman); Venereal Disease Branch, National Communicable Disease Centre, Atlanta, Georgia 30333 (Dr Schroeter); Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota 55901 (Dr Kierland)
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  • ROBERT R. KIERLAND

    1. Westminster Hospital, London S.W.I (Dr Copeman); Venereal Disease Branch, National Communicable Disease Centre, Atlanta, Georgia 30333 (Dr Schroeter); Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota 55901 (Dr Kierland)
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  • *

    Submitted in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the British Association of Dermatology, 1970.

Summary

Four patients with a similar eruption of distinct livid plaques are presented. Clinically, the lesions were difficult to diagnose as either lichen planus or lupus erythematosus. However, histological studies with standard and immunofluorescence staining methods were more consistent with lichen planus. In contrast, certain laboratory findings and the clinical course were suggestive of lupus erythematosus.

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