A retrospective study of mucocutaneous lesions of SLE patients and their systemic implications


  • Rekha Gurunatham Ponnurangam Department of Dermatology, Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu
  • Rajkumar Kannan Department of Dermatology, Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu
  • Kamalanathan Nallu Department of Dermatology, Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu
  • Muthusubramanian Chandrasekar Department of Dermatology, Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu




Unilateral episcleritis, Retinal vasculitis, Lupus nephritis, CNS lupus


Background: SLE is a systemic disease with multiorgan involvement occuring very rarely, if so, it has a very grave prognosis if not detected early. Our study enlightens about the evolution of mucocutaneous lesions which can serve as an eye opener for early detection of systemic involvement.

Methods: A descriptive study was conducted in the Department of Dermatology at a tertiary care centre from May 2017 to April 2018 retrospectively. From 15 confirmed cases of SLE a critical retrospective analysis of symptom complex evolution was done and thus a clinical correlation of evolution of mucocutaneous lesions and systemic involvement was attempted.

Results: Out of the fifteen patients in our study comprising various age groups (4-51 years), mean age group was 29.76 years. 14 (93%) were female patients and 1 (6.6%) male patient. Oral ulcerations, Non-scarring alopecia and vasculitic lesions were predominant (3 patients-80%) followed by photosensitivity and cheilitis (9 patients- 60%). Systemic involvement was present in 9 (60%), out of which one (6%) patient had lupus nephritis and 3 patients (20%) had CNS lupus, 2 (13%) had chronic unilateral scleritis, 2 (13%) had interstitial lung disease, one (6%) had coronary heart disease. Mucocutaneous lesions preceded the systemic involvement in 88.8% of cases, with mean duration being 3 years (4 months – 10 years).

Conclusions: Mucocutaneous lesions could serve as an eye opener for diagnosis of SLE, which is always a diagnosis made out of high degree of suspicion apart from certain mucocutaneous lesions serving as an ominous sign of system involvement in SLE.


Author Biography

Rajkumar Kannan, Department of Dermatology, Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu

Head of the Department,

Department of Dermatology,

Chengalpattu Medical College.,



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