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Lues and lupus: syphilis mimicking systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
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PMID:  11341108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Malar rash and photosensitivity are common findings in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, a number of inflammatory, dermatologic, infectious or drug-induced conditions may mimic cutaneous findings of SLE. These typically include seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, rosacea, polymorphous light eruption, syphilis and dermatomyositis sine myositis. Herein we describe a patient with fever, malar rash, alopecia, photosensitivity, arthralgias and lymphadenopathy who was subsequently diagnosed with secondary syphilis. In this case report we review clinical and histopathological findings in the differential diagnosis of malar rash and photosensitivity and discuss the overlapping features of syphilis and SLE.
M J Shatley; B L Walker; R W McMurray
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lupus     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0961-2033     ISO Abbreviation:  Lupus     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-08     Completed Date:  2001-11-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204265     Medline TA:  Lupus     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-303     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dermatology and Rheumatology Sections, GV (Sonny) Montgomery VA Hospital and University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / diagnosis*,  immunology,  physiopathology
Syphilis / diagnosis*,  immunology,  physiopathology

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