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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-52

Progressive nodule-like lesions on bilateral lower limbs

China Medical University Hospital, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

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Dr. J W Chou
China Medical University Hospital, China Medical University, Taichung
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DOI: 10.4103/jpgm.jpgm_136_22

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Pancreatic panniculitis is a rare disease characterized by subcutaneous fat necrosis. It could be the result of an associated pancreatic tumor. Herein, we reported a 63-year-old man who presented with progressive bilateral lower limb edema accompanied with nodule-like lesions for 1 month. His serum lipase was 3,927 U/L (normal, 0–160 U/L). Histopathology of the skin specimen revealed lobular panniculitis, favoring a diagnosis of pancreatic panniculitis. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan with contrast showed a huge mass in his left upper quadrant. Endoscopic ultrasound showed a mixed echoic tumor, measuring 11.9 × 7.8 cm in dimensions, originating from the pancreatic tail. Biopsy performed via an endoscopic ultrasound showed a poorly differentiated acinar cell carcinoma. Because of the unresectable status of the tumor, the patient underwent chemotherapy with paclitaxel and gemcitabine. After chemotherapy, his skin lesions improved progressively. It is important to treat pancreatic panniculitis with its underlying pancreatic disease.


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