Disseminated lupus vulgaris: a case report

North Clin Istanb. 2014 Aug 3;1(1):53-56. doi: 10.14744/nci.2014.98608. eCollection 2014.


Lupus vulgaris is a secondary form of cutaneous tuberculosis which persists for years if not treated. The head and neck are the most commonly affected sites. While less frequently arms and legs, and rarely the trunk and the scalp are involved. Herein, we describe a 73-year-old man with a 5-year history of slowly growing, atrophic, some eroded and ulcerated, red-brown plaques on his forehead, nose, cheeks, ear lobes, trunk and extremites. All of his disseminated lesions healed after antituberculosis therapy.

Keywords: cutaneous tuberculosis; disseminated lupus vulgaris; lupus vulgaris.