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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 12-16

Rowell's syndrome in an Indian male and review of the literature

1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and AVBR Hospital, Sawangi Meghe, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Bhushan Madke
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha - 442 102, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.171058

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Lupus erythematosus (LE) with erythema multiforme-like lesions with its characteristic serological picture had been described in 1963. We report a 33-year-old married male who presented with skin lesions of various morphology on different body parts since four months. The skin lesions ranged from lupus-specific tumid LE to Rowell's syndrome and discoid LE. Histopathology of skin biopsy from all representative sites showed different forms of lupus erythematosus. Antinuclear and anti-double-stranded DNA was positive; however, serology for anti-SSA and anti-SSB was negative. There were no symptoms specific for organ involvement. It is unusual to document various morphological types in a single patient of lupus erythematosus. We document this case as all forms of cutaneous LE including Rowell's syndrome were evident in a single male patient.

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