Refractory palmo-plantar discoid lupus erythematosus successfully treated with mycophenolate mofetil: Unusual localization and literature review.Dermatol Ther. 2021 Jan 06 [Online ahead of print]DT
Palmo-plantar lesions in discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) can be considered a very distinct rarity, generally refractory to conventional treatments. We present a 47-year-old African female patient with a 6-month clinical history of palm and soles erosions. Clinical examination revealed painful multiple, well defined, erosions with an erythematous and scaly central area and peripherical post-inflammatory hyperchromic border bilaterally distributed on the palmo-plantar surfaces. Pterygium inversum unguis involved all nails of both hands. Histological analysis and direct immunofluorescence study confirmed palmo-plantar DLE. Therapy with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) was initiated with a progressive clearing of palmo-plantar lesions and a drastic reduction of pain. Therapy was well tolerated, neither side effects nor altered laboratory investigations were observed. Our case and literature review confirm that MMF may be an effective approach for the management of refractory palmo-plantar DLE with a safer profile than Azathioprine regarding adverse effects and cutaneous malignancies risk.