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Erythema Induratum

Report of a Rare Entity

Tran, Bao Anh Patrick; Alexander, Tiffany; Chen, Wen; Maiberger, Mary

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: May/June 2017 - Volume 9 - Issue 3 - p 136–138
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000298
CASE REPORTS
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ABSTRACT Erythema induratum is a rare granulomatous lobular panniculitis that most commonly affects women in their 40s. The term “erythema induratum of Bazin” refers to the tuberculosis-associated lesions, and “erythema induratum of Whitfield” refers to lesions that are nontuberculous. It presents as tender erythematous subcutaneous nodules on the lower extremities. Other conditions such as erythema nodosum should be ruled out. Histologically, erythema induratum is described as a lobular panniculitis and may include vasculitis. There have been few reported cases in the United States. In this case report, we will discuss the clinical features, histopathology, differential diagnosis, and management of erythema induratum.

Bao Anh Patrick Tran, MD, Department of Dermatology, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC.

Tiffany Alexander, BA, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Wen Chen, MD, Department of Pathology, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Mary Maiberger, MD, Department of Dermatology, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, DC.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Bao Anh Patrick Tran, MD, Department of Dermatology, Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave, NW #2107, Washington, DC 20060. E-mail: ptran@huhosp.org

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