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J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2011 Mar;12(3):240-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2010.06.006. Epub 2010 Oct 8.

Ischemic fasciitis in an 85-year-old debilitated female.

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University of South Florida School of Medicine/James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.


Ischemic fasciitis is a rare reactive, non-neoplastic proliferation of atypical fibroblasts typically seen in older debilitated patients at pressure points. We describe the case of an 85-year-old female nursing home resident with a past medical history of advanced dementia and immobility who developed an enlarging nodule on the posterior aspect of her right shoulder. A needle biopsy was performed under ultrasound guidance, and the histology was consistent with ischemic fasciitis. Surgical resection of the lesion was performed and anatomical pathology was consistent with ischemic fasciitis. Ischemic fasciitis has been described in association with immobility and debilitation in elderly patients. It is usually located over a bony prominence and should be recognized and differentiated from other skin conditions, such as pressure ulcers or soft tissue sarcoma. It is diagnosed by biopsy and treated by surgical resection. A high degree of clinical suspicion and appropriate management will help to avoid delay in care and medical complications.

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