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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 84  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 687--689

Bilateral “turkey ear” as a cutaneous manifestation of lupus vulgaris

1 Department of Dermatology, The First Bethune Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
2 Department of Pathology, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Correspondence Address:
Hua Zheng
Department of Dermatology, The First Bethune Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun 130000
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_330_17

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Lupus vulgaris is a common form of cutaneous tuberculosis in China, mostly involving the head and neck region. Turkey ear is a clinically descriptive term, used for a massively enlarged earlobe with bluish-red or violaceous indurated plaques and nodules, which can be a sign of lupus vulgaris. A 47-year-old female presented with edema and reddish ulcerated lesions on both ears which was diagnosed as lupus vulgaris by conventional laboratory investigations and the patient showed good response to antituberculous therapy. Occurrence of turkey ears in lupus pernio (sarcoidosis) should also be mentioned here as this presentation was originally described in this condition. Two case reports of turkey ear have been reported with cutaneous tuberculosis (not bilateral). However, occurrence of bilateral turkey ears in cutaneous tuberculosis has not been described so far in the literature.


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