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Eosinophilic fasciitis and myositis: use of imaging modalities for diagnosis and monitoring
  1. F Dybowski1,
  2. E Neuen-Jacob2,
  3. J Braun1
  1. 1
    Rheumazentrum Ruhrgebiet, St. Josef Krankenhaus, Herne, Germany
  2. 2
    Neuropathologisches Institut Universitätsklinik, Düsseldorf, Germany
  1. ProfessorDr J Braun, Rheumazentrum Ruhrgebiet, St. Josef Krankenhaus, Herne, Germany; j.braun{at}rheumazentrum-ruhrgebiet.de

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Eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) is a systemic inflammatory rheumatic disease first described by Shulman in 1974. EF is characterised by soft tissue swelling and pain, mostly located in the lower limbs. Blood eosinophilia is frequently found, but the creatinkinase is usually normal. Biopsy of both the fascia and the adjacent muscle is an established diagnostic tool.1 Inflammation, oedema, thickening, and sclerosis of the fascia are hallmarks of EF, and the cellular infiltrate consists of lymphocytes, plasma cells, histiocytes, and eosinophils. By …

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