BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-222218
  • Learning from errors

A rare case of unilateral discoid lupus erythematosus mimicking lupus vulgaris

  1. Asha Kubba3
  1. 1Department of Dermatology, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India
  2. 2Department of Dermatology, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India
  3. 3Department of Dermatology, Delhi Dermpath Laboratory, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Parul Verma, parulverma_30{at}
  • Accepted 17 October 2017
  • Published 8 November 2017


Discoidlupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic type of cutaneous lupus erythematosus which can present in various morphologies, and the diagnosis can be rather confounding. Prompt evaluation and treatment is necessary to prevent disfigurement and systemic involvement associated with DLE. The following case presented a diagnostic dilemma as the lesion mimicked lupus vulgaris.


  • Contributors PV, SP and AK: conception and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data. PV and SP: drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content. VP: final approval of the version to be published, agreement to be accountable for the article and to ensure that all questions regarding the accuracy or integrity of the article are investigated and resolved.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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