Published: 2017-08-24

Discoid lupus erythematosus leading to squamous cell carcinoma: a case report

Dadapeer H. J., Anupama Y. G., Sushma D. M.


Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is the most common chronic form of cutaneous lupus. It is characterised by persistent scaly, disk-like plaques on scalp, face and ears that may cause pigmentary changes, scarring and hair loss. Squamous cell carcinoma can rarely arise within a longstanding DLE plaque in the skin. It presents as an enlarging warty growth or ulcer. We report a case of squamous cell carcinoma which developed on lesion of discoid lupus erythematosus within a short period of time.


Discoid lupus eryhtematosus, Squamous cell carcinoma, Carpet tack sign

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