Sweet's syndrome and erythema nodosum: The simultaneous occurrence of 2 reactive dermatoses

Karen M. Waltz, David Long, James G. Marks, Elizabeth M. Billingsley

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Abstract

Background: The simultaneous occurrence of Sweet's syndrome (SS) and erythema nodosum (EN) in 1 patient is rare. Our review of the literature revealed only 11 biopsy-proved cases in which the 2 reactive dermatoses occurred together. None were associated with an underlying malignant neoplasm. Observations: We report a biopsy-proved case of SS and EN occurring simultaneously in a patient with an underlying malignant neoplasm (specifically, acute myelogenous leukemia). We also report another biopsy- proved case of SS and EN occurring simultaneously in a patient with underlying Crohn's disease. Conclusions: The simultaneous occurrence of SS and EN in 1 patient is rarely reported. Both disorders are reactive dermatoses that share many overlapping features. Although individually distinctive, SS and EN are also part of a growing continuum of reactive dermatoses. Our expanded understanding of the similarities and simultaneous manifestation of SS and EN may help us in the future to identify a common underlying mechanism of pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-66
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of dermatology
Volume135
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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