Cicatricial alopecia: discoid lupus erythematosus

Dermatol Ther. Jul-Aug 2008;21(4):245-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2008.00205.x.


Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus consists of three major dermatologic diseases: discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), lupus panniculitis/lupus profundus, and lupus tumidus (Table 1). DLE is estimated to be responsible for 50-85% of patients with chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Scalp involvement is most often the presenting symptom. The clinical features and diagnosis of DLE, its pathophysiology and treatment, are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / drug therapy*
  • Alopecia / pathology
  • Cicatrix / drug therapy*
  • Cicatrix / pathology
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Discoid / complications
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Discoid / drug therapy*
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Discoid / pathology