Authors: Ruqiya Shama Tareen and Manmohan K Kamboj
Abstract: Collagen vascular diseases include complex multi-systemic disorders of varying underlying etiopathogenic mechanisms with significant cutaneous manifestations. Many of these conditions are associated with significant psychiatric manifestations and hence are of psycho-dermatologic importance. These disorders may not be diagnosed early because of significantly varied clinical presentations. Many times the psychiatric symptoms may be pre-emptive to an underlying systemic collagen vascular disorder. Therefore, it is very important to keep a high index of suspicion for these complex disease conditions and to be able to diagnose these disorders in a timely manner to minimize systemic and psychiatric morbidity. This review discusses the psychodermatologic aspects of some of these disease conditions including systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis.