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March 1970

Nodular Panniculitis Associated With an Inflammatory Bone Lesion

Author Affiliations


From the Medical Service, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. Dr. Pinals is now with the State University Hospital, Syracuse, NY.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(3):359-363. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000030103018

Bone pain in a 63-year-old housewife was associated with the onset of nodular panniculitis. Biopsy of an osteolytic lesion in the tibia revealed a sterile chronic inflammatory process. Four similar instances of inflammation in the intramedullary fat in patients with idiopathic panniculitis have been reported previously. This skin and bone involvement is not readily distinguishable from that seen in patients with pancreatitis.