Title

Lupus erythematosus induced by medications, ultraviolet radiation, and other exogenous agents: a review, with special focus on the development of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus in a genetically predisposed individual.

Publication/Presentation Date

2-1-2004

Abstract

Exogenous agents implicated in or suspected of precipitating subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE) and lupus erythematosus (LE) are reviewed. An illustrative case of environmentally induced SCLE is presented. A previously healthy 30-year male homozygous for the tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) 308. A promoter allele developed SCLE after spending several hours removing fertilizer- and pesticide-containing hay from an agricultural barn in the springtime. The cutaneous eruption soon resolved, only to reappear 3 weeks later on the day the patient re-entered the barn. An environmental agent present in the barn, coupled with springtime ultraviolet light, likely triggered the disease in this immunogenetically susceptible individual.

Volume

43

Issue

2

First Page

87

Last Page

94

ISSN

0011-9059

Disciplines

Dermatology

PubMedID

15125497

Department(s)

Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty

Document Type

Article

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