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The enigmatic fascia: eosinophilic fasciitis

Authors
  • Aun, Jonathan A.1, 2
  • Knox, Rachel S.3
  • Roberts, Jared E.3
  • 1 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA , (United States)
  • 2 Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, USA , (United States)
  • 3 Keesler Medical Center, USA , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Mar 30, 2021
Volume
121
Issue
6
Pages
555–559
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/jom-2020-0284
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
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Abstract

This case report highlights the potentially underrecognized subtype of unilateral eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) in a 28 year old man. With fewer than 300 reported encounters to date, EF is a rare disease that eludes clinicians by presenting as a scleroderma like syndrome. As EF remains a clinical diagnosis, biopsy results may be nonspecific, and the disease can easily be misdiagnosed (or missed entirely) if a full thickness biopsy is not reviewed by a dermatopathologist. The authors also emphasize the importance of internationally accepted diagnostic criteria, of which at least two different sets exist.

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