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November 1983

Variability of the Lupus Band TestResults in 18 Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Divisions of Dermatology and Rheumatology, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and The Hospital for Special Surgery (Drs Jacobs and Schned) and the Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine (Dr Bystryn).

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(11):883-889. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650350011006

• Six simultaneous skin biopsies were performed on each of 18 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Variability was found both in the lupus band test (LBT) findings and in the presence of its individual immunoglobulin components and C3 in adjacent biopsy specimens taken from both sun-exposed and sun-protected sites. This variability in immune deposits is a major factor in the lack of reproducible association between LBT findings and clinical and serologic indicators of disease activity.

(Arch Dermatol (1983;119:883-889)