A case of subcutaneous nodular fat necrosis associated with pancreatic carcinoma

Hisaki Gondo, Taizo Takeshita, Fumio Yamasaki, Gaku Tsuji, Masutaka Furue

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Abstract

We report a case of subcutaneous nodular fat necrosis associated with pancreatic carcinoma. A 74-year-old woman noticed redness and swelling in the right leg sometime in November 2004. One week after, the same disorder appeared on the left leg. Pain then developed in the left side of the chest and back. A 4 cm diameter tumor in the pancreatic head was confirmed by abdominal CT. Skin biopsy of a representative lesion revealed panniculitis with necrotic adipocytes (ghost-like fat cells). Serum values for amylase, lipase, and phospholipase A2 were abnormally high. She was diagnosed as having subcutaneous nodular fat necrosis associated with pancreatic carcinoma. This condition is rare and is due to the release into the peripheral circulation of pancreatic enzymes because of pancreatitis or pancreatic tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-264
Number of pages4
JournalNishinihon Journal of Dermatology
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 18 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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