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We have observed in 2 patients presenting undisputable objective signs of active disseminated discoid lupus erythematosus of the face spontaneous absorption of both ear lobules without evidence of the disease at their site.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—B. M., an unemployed man, 54 years of age, was referred to the Pittsburgh Skin and Cancer Foundation on June 25, 1937, by Dr. L. E. Etter, of Warrendale, Pa., because of an ulcer of the lower lip of six months' duration and both healed and active lesions of discoid lupus erythematosus of the cheeks, nose, chin and neck. These lesions were of twenty years' duration. He received both local and systemic treatment (salt-free diet, injections of gold salts) without any noticeable benefit.
Biopsy of the ulcer of the lower lip proved the lesion to be an epidermoid carcinoma. It was treated with massive doses of unfiltered roentgen rays directed to the carcinoma-bearing
HOLLANDER L, KRUGH FJ. SPONTANEOUS ABSORPTION OF EAR LOBULES IN DISCOID LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(1):142–143. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530140146018