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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Online ISSN 1827-1820
Bertani E., Candiani F., Guizzardi M., Pozzi R., Carabelli A.
Ospedale Sant’Antonio Abate - Gallarate (Varese), Divisione di Dermatologia e Malattie Sessualmente Trasmesse
Refractory anemia with excess of myeloblasts (RAEM) is a preleukemic myelodysplastic syndrome characterized by chronic anemia, granulocytopenia, thrombocytopenia, morphological and functional anomalies of erythrocytes, granulocytes and platelets, frequently associated with a low percentage of circulating blasts. Different types of cutaneous lesions can occour in patients with RAEM. These are usually classified in specific and non specific cutaneous manifestations. The early diagnosis of cutaneous signs, particulary of specific lesions, is important because these can be a sign of the leukemic transformation of myelodysplasia and predict a poor prognosis. The extensive cutaneous lesions occurred in a young male affected by RAEM are described. These manifestations, diagnosed as non-specific neutrophilic dermatosis, developed together with the leukemic evolution of hematological syndrome and assume a clearly poor prognostic value.