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Question: What are the common skin manifestations of subacute cutaneous lupus?

Answer:

Symmetric, superficial, nonscarring annular lesions of the shoulders, upper arms, and back are the classic lesions of subacute cutaneous lupus. Nonscarring alopecia often occurs concurrently. Patients may or may not have circulating anti-Ro antibodies. Lesions are highly photosensitive.

Reference: Harris ED, Budd RC, Firestein GS, et al (eds): Kelley’s Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2005

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