Cutaneous lupus erythematosus in dogs: A comprehensive review

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Since the first description of discoid lupus erythematosus (LE) in two dogs in 1979, the spectrum of canine cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) variants has expanded markedly. In this review, we first propose an adaptation of the Gilliam-Sontheimer classification of CLE for dogs. We then review the signalment, clinical signs, laboratory and histopathology and treatment outcome of the currently recognized variants of canine CLE, which are vesicular CLE, exfoliative CLE, mucocutaneous LE and facial or generalized discoid LE. We end with a short description of the rare cutaneous manifestations of systemic LE in dogs. Canine CLE variants are heterogeneous, some of them mirror their human counterparts while others appear-thus far-unique to the dog. As most CLE subtypes seem to have a good prognosis after diagnosis, veterinarians are encouraged to become familiar with the spectrum of often-characteristic and unique clinical signs that would permit an early diagnosis and the rapid implementation of an effective treatment.




Olivry, T., Linder, K. E., & Banovic, F. (2018, April 18). Cutaneous lupus erythematosus in dogs: A comprehensive review. BMC Veterinary Research. BioMed Central Ltd.

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