Discoid lupus is a form of lupus that affects the skin (cutaneous lupus). In most cases the discoid lupus rash appears on the face, neck, or scalp, though it can also show up on other areas of the skin. Severe discoid lupus may result in scarring. The treatments that are used most often for severe discoid lupus are strong immunosuppressants that may have significant side effects, especially when used over long periods of time. Efalizumab (trade name, Raptiva™) works by interfering with the function of overactive immune cells that are causing disease activity. The researchers in this study wanted to see if Raptiva could be effective in treating discoid lupus.
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