Ena, Pasquale and Pinna, Antonio <1963- > and Carta, Francesco (2006) Discoid lupus erythematosus of the eyelids associated with staphylococcal blepharitis and Meibomian gland dysfunction. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, Vol. 31 (1), p. 77-79. eISSN 1365-2230. Article.
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Lower eyelid involvement occurs in 6% of patients with discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Eyelid lesions are rarely the initial manifestation of DLE. We describe a 25-yearold woman presenting with discoid lesions of the lower eyelids, staphylococcal blepharitis and Meibomian gland dysfunction, who later developed a discoid lesion on the chin. Histopathological and immunofluorescence studies of a biopsy specimen from this lesion established the diagnosis of DLE. We are unaware of any previously reported cases of DLE presenting with discoid eyelid lesions associated with staphylococcal blepharitis and Meibomian gland dysfunction. DLE should be considered as a differential diagnosis in chronic blepharitis that persists despite usual medical management and eyelid hygiene. Misdiagnosis may lead to eyelid margin deformities, necessitate a complicated full-thickness biopsy, and delay diagnosis of systemic lupus.
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