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What is subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
The most common symptom of cutaneous lupus erythematosus (discoid lupus erythematosus) is a rash found on the neck or head. This rash is generally circular or patchy, in contrast to the butterfly-shaped rash of systemic lupus erythematosus. In some cases, especially when the rash appears on the scalp, hair loss may also occur. In addition, a small number of people with cutaneous lupus erythematosus will also experience mild symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus.

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