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Panniculitis in a patient presenting with a pancreatic tumour and polyarthritis: a case report

Chee, C.

Journal of Medical Case Reports 3: 7331

2009


ISSN/ISBN: 1752-1947
PMID: 19830189
DOI: 10.4076/1752-1947-3-7331
Accession: 054856466

Panniculitis is a rare manifestation of pancreatic disease. Rarer still is the association of panniculitis, pancreatitic disease and polyarthritis. A literature search revealed less than five cases of pancreatic panniculitis associated with pancreatic tumour and polyarthritis. An 84-year-old Caucasian man presented with epigastric pain, weight loss, polyarthritis and multiple discharging nodules. A computed tomography scan revealed a mass in the head of the pancreas. Histology of the cutaneous lesions confirmed the diagnosis of pancreatic panniculitis. Pancreatic panniculitis can clinically present in many ways to clinicians across a broad scope of specialties. Knowledge and understanding of the association between panniculitis and polyarthritis with pancreatic disease may aid rapid diagnosis and management.

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