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January 1970


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Case Western Reserve University Cleveland 44106

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(1):116. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000010118028

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To the Editor.—  I would like to amplify Dr. Burnham's quotation. It is true that I do not think that Jessner's lymphocytic infiltrate is lupus erythematosus but it is equally true that I have been calling this a lymphocytic LE for many years and still include it in my group II (nonsystemic) LE. I do this more for completeness than in the belief that it is truly LE. My purpose in continuing to include it in the LE classification is out of respect for dermatologists of wide experience who reported to me that they had seen the conversion of this form of lymphocytic infiltrate convert into lupus erythematosus. Perhaps it is time now to drop the term lymphocytic LE altogether, for I do not know of an authenticated case that has made the transition into active systemic lupus erythematosus. The absence of the classic histologic epidermal changes of LE, the

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