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July 1981

Eosinophilic Cellulitis (Wells' Syndrome) in a Child

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Odense University Hospital (Drs Nielsen and Schmidt), and the University Institute of Pathology, Kommunehospitalet, Aarhus (Dr Søgaard), Denmark.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(7):427-429. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650070055026

• Granulomatous dermatitis with eosinophilia (Wells' syndrome) occurred in an 11-year-old boy. To our knowledge, eosinophilic cellulitis in a child in whom atrophic alopecia of the affected scalp later develops during the regression phase has not previously been reported. No notable effect of steroid therapy was observed. The cause of eosinophilic cellulitis is still unknown, but the presence of disseminated fibrinoid necrosis, vasculitis, eosinophilia, and a positive antinuclear factor test result might indicate an autoimmune or allergic disease.

(Arch Dermatol 1981;117:427-429)