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March 1960

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus of Long Duration

Author Affiliations

U.S.A.F.; U.S.A.F.

Department of Medicine, United States Air Force Hospital. Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Lackland USAF Hospital (present address: Quisling Clinic, Madison, Wisconsin) (Captain Carr); Chief, Dermatology Service, Lackland USAF Hospital (Lt. Colonel Levine).

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(3):427-431. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730030085014

The purpose of this paper is to present a case of systemic lupus erythematosus of many years' duration, exhibiting striking skin manifestations and several other interesting associated features.

Report of Case  A 51-year-old Negro woman was admitted to the United States Air Force Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in October, 1957, with blindness as her chief complaint. She was in good health until 1935, when she suffered severe generalized joint pains, diagnosed by her personal physician as arthritis. Since that time the arthritis has recurred intermittently. In 1941 the patient had a serious illness of several months' duration, manifested by a "rash" on the scalp, face, neck, chest, and arms. This was accompanied by aching of multiple joints, decreased vision, elevated temperature, and anemia. The patient observed that with exposure to sunlight the rash became more severe. Her condition improved gradually, with only mild recrudescences of the joint pains