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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 180-184

Scleroderma mimicker – Eosinophilic fasciitis

Department of Rheumatology, IPGME and R and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Alakendu Ghosh
Department of Rheumatology, IPGME and R and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-3698.219081

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Eosinophilic fasciitis is an uncommon connective tissue disorder characterized by thickening of the deep fascia and overlying skin and subcutaneous tissue. It may mimic scleroderma and other scleroderma-like conditions. It may be a manifestation of paraneoplastic disorders or may be associated with hematological disorders including lymphomas. Definitive diagnosis is made on histological examination of a deep skin biopsy revealing thickened deep fascia and infiltration by lymphocytes and eosinophils. Enhancement of deep fascia on Gadolinium contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging may be used as a substitute for skin biopsy. Ultrasound imaging is an evolving imaging tool for diagnosing it. Glucocorticoids with or without immunosuppressive agents remains the mainstay of therapy with good response, generally. A younger age of onset, morphea like lesions and dermal fibrosclerosis is more likely to be associated with the refractory disease. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment may result in better outcomes in terms of morbidity and quality of life of the patients.

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