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Metastatic cutaneous Crohn’s disease of the face: a case report and review of the literature

Albuquerque, Andreiaa; Magro, Fernandoa,c,d; Rodrigues, Susanaa; Lopes, Joanneb; Lopes, Susanaa; Dias, José Macedof; Carneiro, Fátimab,d,e; Macedo, Guilhermea

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology: October 2011 - Volume 23 - Issue 10 - p 954–956
doi: 10.1097/MEG.0b013e328348d706
Case Reports

Metastatic cutaneous Crohn’s disease is one of the most uncommon cutaneous extraintestinal manifestations. The face is the rarest location, with only eight cases described in the literature. We report a rare case of a young man with Crohn’s disease and two granulomatous lesions on the face in a nodular form. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of metastatic Crohn’s disease of the forehead with the features of nodules. A review of the literature concerning metastatic Crohn’s disease is also provided.

aDepartments of Gastroenterology

bPathology, Hospital S. João

cInstitute of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

dFaculty of Medicine of the University of Porto


fLaboratory Macedo Dias, Porto, Portugal

Andreia Albuquerque and Fernando Magro contributed equally to the writing of this article

Correspondence to Fernando Magro, Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital de São João, Alameda Professor Hernani Monteiro, Porto 4200 319, Portugal Tel: +351 225 512 100; fax +351 225 500 315; e-mail:

Received April 24, 2011

Accepted May 16, 2011

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.