What follow-up care may be needed for discoid lupus erythematosus?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Despite efforts to control the disease topically, scarring and healing of visible portions of the face may require the attention of a plastic surgeon. Classic reconstruction efforts have been successful using either a full-thickness skin graft or adjacent local flaps after medical control is achieved. As with all chronic scarring processes, the possibility of malignant degeneration into a squamous carcinoma has been reported. Daily protection from sun exposure is essential. [32]


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