Clinical Trends for August 2017

Ryan Syrek


September 01, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (August 19-25): DLE

A celebrity discussing his experience with a scarring condition is responsible for this week's top search term. The singer Seal talked to In Touch Weekly about his experience with discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Despite rumors that suggested tribal markings or other causes for Seal's facial scarring, he explained that treatment for DLE resulted in his scars and also permanent hair loss. DLE presents with erythematous-to-violaceous, scaly plaques with prominent follicular plugging that often results in scarring and atrophy. DLE may occur in the absence of systemic disease, or it may occur in association with systemic lupus erythematosus. Once again, a pop culture discussion about a health condition resulted in a surge in searches by medical professionals.

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