Lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei. Part I: Significance of histopathologic undertones in diagnosis

Skinmed. May-Jun 2005;4(3):151-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-9740.2005.03510.x.


Background: Since its clinical discovery, lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei has sporadically been reported to have different modes of clinicopathologic expression.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to work up a list of histopathologic undertones and to project and propagate lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei as an exclusive entity. An upcoming Part II of this study will present an overview of the disease.

Methods: All patients visiting the outpatient clinic conforming to hitherto accepted clinical features were included to study patients' age and sex, duration of the disease, and above all, conduct a detailed histopathology review. Using the detailed information obtained, an endeavor was made to organize the disease into early, fully developed, and late lesions.

Results: The details of the various parameters were of great help in evolving this modus operandi. The clinical as well as histopathologic features of lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei are fairly distinct and facilitate visualizing the entity as a spectrum comprising early, fully developed, and late lesions. Further studies are called for.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Cutaneous / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged