Fasciitis in amyopathic dermatomyositis

Everett Allen, Sandra Schmahmann, Donald Sauser, André Barkhuizen

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Abstract

Dermatomyositis is a disease frequently treated by rheumatologists and dermatologists due to prominent systemic features of inflammatory myositis, less common arthritis, and rare systemic vasculitis, in addition to the characteristic cutaneous manifestations of Gottron's papules over extensor surfaces, and a heliotrope rash over the eyelids. Patients with amyopathic dermatomyositis, a subset of dermatomyositis, display skin disease but no apparent muscle disease. This report describes an adult patient with the typical dermatomyositis rash with no weakness, normal muscle enzymes, and the unique finding of fasciitis without myositis on muscle biopsy, which correlated with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) finding of a peripheral halo of intense signal around muscles on T2-weighted and fat suppression sequences. Although MRI finding of presumed fasciitis has been reported in juvenile-onset dermatomyositis, this is the first report of MRI evidence of fasciitis with pathological correlation in adult-onset dermatomyositis. We suggest that if MRI scans are ordered, as part of the work-up of dermatomyositis, a peripheral halo of increased signal should specifically be looked for, which could be interpreted as fasciitis based on this case report.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-53
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Rheumatology
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Fasciitis
Dermatomyositis
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Myositis
Exanthema
Muscles
Skin Manifestations
Systemic Vasculitis
Muscle Weakness
Eyelids
Skin Diseases
Arthritis
Fats
Amyopathic dermatomyositis
Biopsy
Enzymes

Keywords

  • Amyopathic dermatomyositis
  • Erythematous rash
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pruritic rash

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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Fasciitis in amyopathic dermatomyositis. / Allen, Everett; Schmahmann, Sandra; Sauser, Donald; Barkhuizen, André.

In: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Vol. 9, No. 1, 02.2003, p. 51-53.

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Allen, Everett ; Schmahmann, Sandra ; Sauser, Donald ; Barkhuizen, André. / Fasciitis in amyopathic dermatomyositis. In: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 2003 ; Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 51-53.
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