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January 1979

Tinea Faciei Mimicking Lupus Erythematosus

Author Affiliations

Petah Tikva, Israel

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(1):112. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010010078046

To the Editor.—  The misdiagnosis of tinea faciei mimicking other skin conditions constitutes a problem of considerable practical importance. A notable example of this is the case reported by Pravda and Pugliese in the February issue of the Archives (114:250-252, 1978) in which the patient was treated for 22 years for a "photosensitivity disorder." It would seem, however, that such cases are much more frequent than indicated by these authors. They state that "... a literature review revealed only 35 reported cases.... " In our article published in January 1976,1 we reported 16 cases of tinea faciei mimicking lupus erythematosus, which would raise the number of cases to 51.As a matter of fact, I personally have seen an even greater number of similar cases, but our report contained only those misdiagnosed as lupus erythematosus since, whatever other disease may be mimicked by tinea faciei, its misdiagnosis as lupus erythematosus entails