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August 1976

Annular Atrophic Plaques of the Face: A Variety of Atrophic Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Warsaw School of Medicine, Warsaw.

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(8):1143-1145. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630320049014

• In a patient whose condition was diagnosed clinically and pathologically as annular atrophic plaques, the lesions bore some resemblance to morphea, lichen sclerosus et atrophicus, and discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). In a lesion that appeared recently, which was not DLE clinically, the histological characteristics were consistent with DLE, and immunofluorescence examination disclosed an immunofluorescent band at the epidermal-dermal zone. We suggest that annular atrophic plaques may be an atypical variant of DLE, with a tendency to sclerosing.

(Arch Dermatol 112:1143-1145, 1976)