Re: I had a rash on both side of my neck and on chest that comes down to a v
Hi & welcome! Do you suspect your V-shaped neck and chest rash might be a lupus-specific rash? Problem is, dermies don't (or probably shouldn't!) Dx as rash as lupus-specific based solely on appearance. A proper evaluation can involve deep-punch biopsy with immune stain tests, specialized bloodwork (which may or may not show anything), a thorough medical history, standard bloodwork, etc.
Have you already been Dx'ed with lupus, or are your drs. considering it as a possible Dx?
While there a number of lupus-specific rashes, we read about two the most often, probably because they're the only two that appear in the ACR criteria for lupus: discoid (tend to scar &/or depigment) and malar (can resemble a butterfly across bridge of nose). BUT there are others less common & less known, e. g., tumid; SCLE = subacute cutaneous (actually two *different* forms that don't even resemble each other visually!); lupus profundus; etc.
Please know I'm only a patient & read the above in that light. Not sure if this is what you're after---so post more when you can, OK? For now, sending my best wishes to you, sincerely, Vee
Last edited by VeeJ; 09-05-2009 at 03:42 AM.