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REVIEW  RHEUMATOLOGIC DERMATO(PATHO)LOGY: HOW THE MICROSCOPE CAN HELP THE CLINICIAN Freefree

Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2018 April;153(2):194-207

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.17.05845-X

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Panniculitis in the setting of dermato/rheumatologic diseases

Valentina CAPUTO 1 , Franco RONGIOLETTI 2

1 Unit of Pathology, Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda, Milan, Italy; 2 Unit of Dermatology, Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy


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Panniculitides represent a heterogeneous group of inflammatory diseases that are traditionally considered one of the most difficult challenge for clinicians and pathologists. They may occur in a variety of dermato/rheumatologic diseases and are of particular relevance for clinicians dealing with such pathologies, including immune-mediated/autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders. In fact, panniculitides can be the initial sign of presentation of a dermato/rheumatologic disease, thereby providing the physician with important clues to the correct diagnosis. Then, panniculitides may serve as an easy-to-access indicator of both systemic involvement and prognostic outcome in dermato/rheumatologic disorders. This review will focus on clinical and histopathological findings of panniculitides in the setting of dermato/rheumatologic disorders and discusses the value of skin biopsies and consequent histopathological examination in the diagnosis of these disorders with the help of a logarithmic table.


KEY WORDS: Panniculitis - Rheumatic diseases - Skin diseases

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