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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: Can bruises break through?

 kerrbear - Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:57 pm

I do have Lupus SLE. But have a strange 'cut' on my upper thigh. I know I have bruised that exact area severely approx. 4 times! 2 times in the last 2 months (I'm clumsy) and now in the center of the faded bruise which is still tender erupted this blister like fluidy fillled thing which is about an inch long and 1/4 in wide. now its just an open wound that i keep treating as such. but why is it there? could it be from the repeated bruising? because i am quite certain its not a burn as it seems. and it wasn't like a blood blister either.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:45 pm

User avatar Dear kerrbear,

Cutaneous lesions are very common in patients with lupus erythematosus. 60% - 80% of of SLE patients develop these
lesions during the course the disease.

They are broadly divided into LE-specific skin disease and LE-nonspecific skin disease.

LE-Nonspecific Skin Diseases include:
- Blistering Skin Disease in which small blisters or vesicles or larger blisters may occur and indicate an active SLE named by some as bullous SLE.

Some of these bullae tend to occur at sites of trauma.

Dermatological consultation is important for differential diagnosis and recommendations for further investigations like histological examination.

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