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June 1957

Subacute Disseminated Lupus Erythematosus: Report of a Case with Clinical Resemblance to Erythema Centrifugum

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the Harlem Hospital, Dr. Alexander Altschul, Medical Director.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(6):874-875. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550180088021

I wish to present a case of the subacute type of disseminated lupus erythematosus, the eruption of which had a striking clinical resemblance to erythema annulare centrifugum.

Report of Case

A 59-year-old Negro woman entered the clinic complaining of a mildly pruritic eruption on the upper extremities of two years' duration and of a persistent dull pain in both knees for the past four years. Except for the aforementioned complaints the patient always felt well and her appetite was good.

The eruption was symmetrical and was limited to the upper extremities. It consisted of complete and partial rings which varied in size from that of a split pea to that of a 25-cent piece. They were nonscaly, firm, pinkish thread-like lesions, which enveloped partially depigmented skin and, at times,