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March 2009

Clinically Relevant Information About Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(3):316-319. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2008.582

In this issue of the Archives there are 6 articles on the subject of cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) that provide dermatologists with new insights and offer us practical advice about the manner in which we might care for patients who present to our clinics and offices with cutaneous lesions of lupus erythematosus (LE). I reached out to several of the authors for answers to some of the questions that developed as I reviewed this group of articles systemically rather than individually. The answers that I received to some of my questions are within this editorial. As part of the process of preparing this editorial, I have included some practical information about how I evaluate and treat patients with CLE in my clinical practice and conclude with what I see are unanswered questions that remain for future study.

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