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J Cutan Med Surg. 2003 Jul-Aug;7(4):333-8.

Necrolytic migratory erythema: case report and clinical review.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. dnadam@interchange.ubc.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Necrolytic Migratory Erythema (NME) is a rarely encountered dermatologic condition. It is the characteristic feature of a paraneoplastic syndrome associated with neuroendocrine pancreatic tumors. A case of NME initially diagnosed and treated as psoriasis is reviewed. A review of the current literature regarding NME is also included.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this report is to familiarize dermatologists with a rare and potentially fatal disorder. Early recognition of NME can lead to possible cure, while delayed identification of the disease is associated with metastatic disease and a poor prognosis for the patient.

CONCLUSION:

When evaluating the patient who presents with a dermatitis and weight loss, it is important to exercise great caution. The differential diagnosis should be re-evaluated in a disease that is not responsive to first-line therapy before further treatment is considered.

PMID:
14738101
DOI:
10.1007/s10227-002-0127-0
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