Psoriatic Alopecia in a Patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    March 2017 in “Case Reports in Dermatology
    Wimolsiri Iamsumang, Tueboon Sriphojanart, Poonkiat Suchonwanit
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    TLDR A woman with lupus improved significantly from scalp hair loss after treatment, highlighting the need to identify psoriatic alopecia in lupus patients to avoid permanent hair loss.
    In 2017, a 26-year-old female with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was diagnosed with psoriatic alopecia after presenting with scalp hair loss and scaly plaques. Dermoscopic evaluation showed "patchy dotted vessels," and histopathologic examination confirmed the diagnosis, revealing features such as psoriasiform epidermal hyperplasia and sebaceous gland atrophy. The patient had no family history of psoriasis and was being treated with chloroquine for SLE. After using topical desoximethasone, tar shampoo, and olive oil, she experienced significant improvement, with 75% hair regrowth within 3 months and no recurrence at 1 year. This case underscores the importance of recognizing psoriatic alopecia in SLE patients to prevent permanent hair loss, as it can occur without other psoriatic features.
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