Cicatricial pemphigoid of the scalp mimicking discoid lupus erythematosus

Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Impact Factor: 4.45). 10/2011; 65(4):886-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.10.028
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