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Br J Haematol. 2003 Oct;123(2):297-304.

Granulomatous slack skin disease--disease features and response to pentostatin.

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  • 1Academic Department of Haematology and Cytogenetics, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK.


Granulomatous slack skin disease (GSSD) is a rare condition characterized clinically by redundant skin folds, which show a predilection towards flexural areas, and histologically by a granulomatous T-cell infiltrate and loss of elastic fibres. The disease is often indolent, although rapid progression and transformation have been described. There is much debate as to whether this condition is a subset of mycosis fungoides or a separate disease entity in itself. We describe a case of GSSD with unique manifestations including granulomatous bone marrow involvement and hypercalcaemia. The patient has twice achieved a good response to pentostatin after failure of combination chemotherapy. This is the first report of the successful use of the purine analogue pentostatin in the management of GSSD.

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