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A case of ichthyosiform sarcoidosis with unusual localization


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Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease of unknown cause that commonly involves the lungs, lymph nodes, bones, liver, spleen, or skin. Cutaneous findings of sarcoidosis occur in 20% to 35% of patients with systemic disease. The recognition of cutaneous lesions is important, because it gives important clues to diagnosis and also allows for easy biopsy. We report a 71-year-old Turkish woman with erythematous lesions, which included widespread, erythematous macules of various sizes on the chest, abdomen, and back on both sides of her body. Fine white scales covered some of the lesions. Hepatomegaly and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy were also observed. Biopsy specimens of the skin showed dermal, noncaseating, epitheloid granulomas. The diagnosis, based on correlation of the clinical presentation and histopathological findings, was ichthyosiform sarcoidosis with systemic involvement. The difference between our case and other cases of ichthyosiform sarcoidosis described in the literature is that ours involved only the trunk and not the extremities. We are presenting this case because it is an interesting and rare variant of ichthyosiform sarcoidosis.










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  • Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Department of Pathology, Atatürk University, School of Medicine, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Department of Dermatology, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey


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