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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had a biopsy in December of 2009 for a skin rash.. I was told it was contact dermatitis and the topical medications I was prescribed worked for awhile and then I started to break out again so I went back to the doctor. She took another biopsy on Monday and said that the results would be back by this week if it was urgent but if not I would know the results next week. She thinks I may have Lupus and I was just wondering how long it takes to get results back from a biopsy if it is believed to be Lupus?
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Doctor :   I am not sure how long they take at your place
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User :   I have a question though.
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User :   If I had a skin biopsy last year and a antibody test and showed no Lupus.. How can my Dr say that I have it?
Doctor :   may be she is rethinking about your diagnosis as you are not responding
Doctor :   It is possible to still have
Doctor :   lupus and miss to diagnosing it
Doctor :   in the first instance
User :   with a skin biopsy, skin scrapings, and blood work?
Doctor :   dec 2009 to July 2010, may be she thinks that you must have developed it in this time gap
Doctor :   As I was saying earlier, the antibody tests are not very specific
User :   she told me she thought I had it last yr but did not want to see me anymore because the creams were working and my face was clear without the creams.
Doctor :   She ruled out any other diagnosis as you responded
User :   what does skin lupus look like
Doctor :   Malar rash on the cheek
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