Typical symptoms are excessive skin scales, first at the face and later also at the ears, the... more
Exfoliative cutaneous lupus erythematosus (ECLE) is an autoimmune skin disease. The underlying cause of this disease at the breeds German Shorthaired Pointer and Magyar Vizsla is a variant of the UNC93B1 gene, which plays an important role for the innate immune system and therefore the immune resonse against pathogens. Typical symptoms are excessive skin scales, first at the face and later also at the ears, the back and the whole body. Moreover, loss of pigmentation of the skin (hypopigmentation) as well as erythemas can occur. As the disease progresses, hair loss, crusts, ulcers and temporary lameness are possible symptoms. The onset of the disease is usally at an juvenile or early adult age. Due to the severe symptoms, affected dogs usually have to be euthanized.
German Short-haired Pointing Dog, Magyar Vizsla
1-2 weeks after arrival of the sample in the lab