Lupus is the condition that most frequently requires attention to skin problems, but it's far from the only reason for a rheumatologist's patient to see a dermatologist. In the case of lupus, however, the lesion may be a clue to prognosis.
Two presentations at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology compiled data about visits of rheumatology patients seeking help for skin problems.Although lupus was the most frequently represented condition, other rheumatologic disorders were also represented. What's more, what might have looked like an autoimmune or inflammatory problem was often something else entirely.Another report at the conference revealed outcomes for lupus patients who present with skin problems. The prospects for disease severity are different, depending on the type of lesion.The results are summarized in these slides, with hyperlinks to the reports in the captions.Â