Eosinophilic fasciitis

 

 

Overview

Inflammation of the fascia (the tough band of tissue under the skin) along the arms and legs due to abnormal accumulation of white blood cells which causes skin swelling, thickening, and hardening. The symptoms typically impact both sides of the body but have also been seen to only impact one side.

Common Symptoms

Pain, swelling, inflammation of the skin (particularly on the arms and legs), venous grooving, reddening of the skin, limited mobility of affected areas, thickening/hardening of the skin, joints stuck in unnatural positions, localized areas of scleroderma, fatigue, weight loss, fever, malaise, weakness, muscle pain, joint pain, and bone pain.

Coexisting Diseases and Conditions

Carpal tunnel syndrome, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and lymphoma.

Risk Factors

According to some reports, females have a higher incidence than males. Those between roughly 30 and 60 years old are more commonly affected, but the disorder can occur at any age. Caucasians have been more greatly noted as having higher incidence. Being susceptible to allergic reactions is more commonly linked to eosinophilic fasciitis.

Sources

  1. Article Sources and Footnotes
    1. Eosinophilic Fasciitis. (n.d.-a). NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders). Retrieved July 12, 2021, from https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/eosinophilic-fasciitis/

    2. Eosinophilic fasciitis: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. (n.d.-b). Retrieved July 12, 2021, from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000447.htm

    3. Eosinophilic Fasciitis—Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders. (n.d.). Merck Manuals Consumer Version. Retrieved July 12, 2021, from https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/bone,-joint,-and-muscle-disorders/autoimmune-disorders-of-connective-tissue/eosinophilic-fasciitis

Join Our Community!Stay Informed. Stay Hopeful.

Sign up for periodic emails with resources, insights, and updates on autoimmune disease and living with chronic illness.

By adding your phone number, you agree to receive text message updates. Msg & data rates may apply.