2. Department of Dermatology, Disaster Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.
The clinical manifestation of childhood systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is similar to that of adult SLE; however, the former tends to be more severe and more aggressive than the latter. The prevalence of malar rash in SLE patients was reported to be 50% to 60%, and the rash may sometimes mimic sunburn erythema, as in our patient; thus, the underlying disease may be misdiagnosed in certain cases.
Keywords: Childhood, complement, C-reactive protein, malar rash, systemic lupus erythematosus