Discoid Lupus Erythematosus Questions & Answers

Updated: Jun 11, 2020
  • Author: Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

How is cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) categorized?

What are the signs and symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the risk of progression to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in patients with discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

How is discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) treated?

What causes discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the prevalence of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the prognosis of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is included in patient education about discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

How is discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) differentiated from other variants of chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CCLE)?

What are the classification criteria for the diagnosis of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What are the differential diagnoses for Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the role of biopsy in the evaluation of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Treatment

How is discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) treated?

Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the role of antimalarial therapy in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Which antimalarial agents are used in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the efficacy of antimalarial agents in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What are the adverse effects of antimalarials for the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the role of corticosteroid therapy in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the role of immunomodulator therapy in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the efficacy of corticosteroid therapy for the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the role of excision in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is the role of laser therapy in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Which medications in the drug class Retinoids are used in the treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Which medications in the drug class Immunomodulators are used in the treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Which medications in the drug class Gold compounds are used in the treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Which medications in the drug class Leprostatic agents are used in the treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Which medications in the drug class Antimalarial agents are used in the treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?