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Fibroblastic Rheumatism in a Female of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Yu-Ju Shen, Gwo-Shing Chen, Jin-Yuang Chen, Chieh-Shan Wu
Dermatol Sinica 24:135-139,2006

Fibroblastic rheumatism is a relative rare syndrome characterized by polyarthralgia
and joint stiffness associated with multiple cutaneous papules and nodules ranging
from 2 to 20 mm in diameter. The skin nodules usually regress spontaneously, but
there are often sequels of deformed joint. We described the occurrence of
fibroblastic rheumatism in a female patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. Her
skin nodules and arthralgia resolved after combination therapy of daily prednisone
and hydroxychloroquine. In conclusion, fibroblastic rheumatism is a rare
rheumatologic entity of unknown etiology. This diagnosis should be considered when
patient present with sudden onset of symmetric polyarthritis and multiple cutaneous

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