An Indonesian female with severe cutaneous lupus erythematosus: A case report and literature review

Wiharjo Hadisuwarno, Lita Diah Rahmawati

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Introduction: Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) is one of the most common symptoms in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) cases. SLE manifestations in the skin area seem to significantly affect the patient's quality of life, which is this condition for unmarried females. Case presentation: An Indonesian female, 23 years old, complained of skin peeling on her scalp, upper and lower extremities. The condition of the wound was severe in the head area. A biopsy was performed, revealing pustular psoriasis. She received immunosuppressant agent and wound care over the lesion. The patient showed good improvement after 2 weeks of this treatment. Discussion: Diagnosis of CLE through history taking, skin examination and histopathological findings. Since immunosuppressant agent is the primary therapy of CLE, monitoring is required because immunosuppressive drugs increase the risks of infection. The outcome of CLE treatment is to minimize complications and improve the patient's quality of life. Conclusion: CLE primarily affects women, therefore early management, monitoring and collaboration with other departments will improve the patient's quality of life and increase their compliance with medication.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108336
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cutaneous lupus erythematosus
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus


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