lupus vulgaris

GC: n

S: (last access: 17 July 2015); (last access: 17 July 2015); DORLAND p. 1078.

N: 1. lupus (n): late 14c., used of several diseases that cause ulcerations of the skin, from Medieval Latin lupus, from Latin lupus “wolf”, apparently because it “devours” the affected part.
vulgaris (adj): From latin vulgāris, common, ordinary.
2. Progressive form of cutaneous tuberculosis occurring in a person with a moderate or high degree of immunity. The pathogen may reach the skin by exogenous inoculation, via the blood or lymph from a tuberculous internal organ, or by direct extension from underlying infected glands or joints. The characteristic lesion is a reddish-brown plaque, composed of nodules which show an ‘apple-jelly’ colour when pressed with a glass spatula (diascopy). The disease often affects the face leading to disfigurement due to the destructive skin lesions. It is twice as common in women as in men.
3. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention the work of doctor Niels Ryberg Finsen (1860-1904) who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903 ‘in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation, whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science’, and the paper Lupus vulgaris, Or The Angel Returns – The final illness and death Of Thomas Wolfe by John F. Rice, MD September 1987.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 17 July 2015); (last access: 17 July 2015). 2. (last access: 17 July 2015). 3. (last access: 17 July 2015); (last access: 17 July 2015).

SYN: Tuberculosis Cutis Luposa

S: (last access: 17 July 2015)

CR: lupus erythematosus, systemic lupus erythematosus.