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Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions

Picture of Acute Systemic Lupus

Picture of Acute Systemic Lupus

Acute systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune condition that often causes a characteristic, butterfly pattern rash on the face. The red to purple rash appears across the cheeks and over the bridge of the nose. This malar rash, as it is called, may be blotchy or completely cover the face.

Image Source: Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology Klaus Wolff, Richard Allen Johnson, Dick Suurmond Copyright 2005, 2001, 1997, 1993 by The McGraw-Hill Companies . All Rights reserved.

Text Reference: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Lupus?”