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Inverse Gottron's papules

 Department of Dermatology Venereology and Leprosy, Shri B M Patil Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapur, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission11-Apr-2022
Date of Acceptance27-May-2022
Date of Web Publication20-Sep-2022

Correspondence Address:
Arun C Inamadar,
Department of Dermatology Venereology and Leprosy, Shri B M Patil Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapur, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/injr.injr_77_22


Keywords: Anti-MDA5 autoantibodies, dermatomyositis, Gottron's papules

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Inamadar AC, Adya KA, Janagond AB. Inverse Gottron's papules. Indian J Rheumatol [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2023 Feb 7]. Available from:

A 40-year-old woman presented with facial edema and painful skin lesions involving the hands. On examination, heliotrope rash [Figure 1]a, hyperkeratotic ulcerated papules on the knuckles [Figure 1]b and erythematous, flat-to-raised keratotic lesions involving the palmar aspect of the interphalangeal joints [Figure 1]c were noted. A diagnosis of dermatomyositis (DM) was made with clinical features and raised muscle enzymes.
Figure 1: Clinical photograph showing heliotrope with periorbital edema (a) and Gottron's sign over dorsal aspect of hand (b), flat-to-raised lesions involving palmar aspect of the fingers in a distribution “inverse” of the classic Gottron's papules/sign (c, black arrow) and fingertip scars suggestive of healed ulcers (c, white arrow)

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Gottron's papules are pathognomonic of DM. Inverse Gottron's sign/papules [Figure 1]c, due to vasculopathy are a rare but specific cutaneous finding in DM, usually associated with digital ulceration, interstitial lung disease, and anti-MDA5 autoantibodies.[1],[2],[3]

Anti-MDA5-positive DM occurs in 7.2% of adults and 9.7% of children, respectively, in the Indian subcontinent. Cutaneous vasculopathic features such as cutaneous ulceration, and periorbital edema as seen in the index may indicate a worse poor prognosis in adults with anti-MDA-5 DM.[4]

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Fiorentino D, Chung L, Zwerner J, Rosen A, Casciola-Rosen L. The mucocutaneous and systemic phenotype of dermatomyositis patients with antibodies to MDA5 (CADM-140): A retrospective study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011;65:25-34.  Back to cited text no. 2
Jain S, Sharma A. Inverse Gottron's sign in anti-MDA5 antibody- associated dermatomyositis. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2020;59:10.  Back to cited text no. 3
Dunga SK, Kavadichanda C, Gupta L, Naveen R, Agarwal V, Negi VS. Disease characteristics and clinical outcomes of adults and children with anti-MDA-5 antibody-associated myositis: a prospective observational bicentric study. Rheumatol Int. 2021. doi: 10.1007/s00296-021-04897-1. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34050793.  Back to cited text no. 4


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