By Gary M. White, MD

Chilblain lupus erythematosus is an autosomal dominant form of lupus that tends to present in early childhood.


Lesions on the nose and dorsa of the fingers and toes are most common. The lips and ears may be involved as well. A very typical finding is tumid, violaceous plaques on the dorsa of the fingers, with discoloration most prominent over the DIP joints. The lesions may be keratotic, atrophic and sometimes ulcerative.

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Chilblain lupus erythematosus in an adolescent girl. Indian Dermatol Online J 2014;5, Suppl S1:30-2


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