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Discoid Lupus Erythematosus

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) Symptoms and Causes

Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic skin condition of sores primarily on the face, ears and scalp.

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) Symptoms

Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) causes lesions that appear as red and inflamed patches with a crusty, scaling appearance. Some patients, particularly children, can develop internal-organ diseases.

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) Causes

Although the exact cause of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is unknown, the condition is considered an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks normal skin. Family history seems to be a factor, and women are more likely have the condition. In some cases, the lesions become visible when a patient smokes or is exposed to direct sunlight.