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January 1978

Lupus Band Test

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(1):128. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640130086036

To the Editor.—  I would like to clarify some information presented in the first paragraph of my recent article on the lupus band test (Archives 113:830-834, 1977). In 1963, Burnham et al1 were the first to demonstrate a band of localized immunoglobulins at the dermal-epidermal junction in the skin lesions of patients with both discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus (DLE and SLE, respectively). In this original report the uninvolved skin of one patient with DLE and that of a patient with SLE was examined, but, in both cases, the skin was negative for the lupus band.In 1964, Cormane2 was the first to demonstrate that certain patients with SLE had a band of immunoglobulins at the dermal-epidermal junction of visibly normal skin.I wish to thank Dr Burnham for kindly indicating to me that the first sentence of the review article incorrectly implies that he, not Cormane,

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