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Lupus Vulgaris

Date: 1910 | Identifier: LL02.49.00.52
Dermatologic stereoview card. Front of card depicts a young boy’s face ravaged by Lupus Vulgaris. The reverse of the card describes the dermatologic conditions as well as the diagnosis and treatment. Lupus Vulgaris is an extremely chronic tuberculous affection of the skin and mucous membranes, characterized by the presence of nodules which ulcerate or resolve with the formation of scar tissue. The elementary lesions are soft, brownish, pin-head to pea-sized tubercles which at first do not project above the level of the skin. They are covered by a film of epidermis through which a blunt probe can be inserted easily into the substance of the nodule. Looked at through a glass slide pressed firmly down upon them, the nodules have exactly the color and appearance of apple jelly. The scars are usually fibrous, puckered and disfiguring, and often contain new tubercles in their substance. When lupus encroaches on an orifice, as of the mouth or auditory meatus, its effect may be to distort and narrow the opening. By a similar process when the pinna is involved, the scar tissue resulting from the destruction of the skin and lobule tends to flatten the auricular cartilage tightly against the skull. more...