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An usual elastophagocytic granuloma with involvement of the back: a possible variant of an annular elastolytic giant cell granuloma


Annular elastolytic giant cell granuloma (AEGCG) is a very infrequent granulomatous dermatitis characterized by elastolysis and elastophagocytosis. It usually appears in middle-aged Caucasian women and is normally located in sun-exposed areas.

We present a case of a 73-year-old woman with hypertension and type II diabetes, who was admitted to the hospital for an ischemic cerebrovascular accident. She presented with annular and serpiginous skin lesions on her back and arms that had appeared seven months earlier;  a clinical and histological diagnosis of elastophagocytic granuloma was made. Our patient exhibited a florid presentation and a self-limiting course.

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