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Diffuse Skin Tightness in Familial Mediterranean Fever: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Elham Behrangi, Nasrin Shayanfar, Hadi Mohagheghian Yaghoubi, Saman Aghabekloo, Zahra Azizian

Introduction: Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder that has skin presentations like vasculitis and paniculitis. There has not been shown any association between systemic sclerosis and FMF in studies. Hence, we report a case of FMF with diffuse skin tightness. Case Presentation: An 18-year-old girl known as a case of FMF for 3 years presents to our department with tight skin since childhood. The stiffness of skin appeared when she was about 7 years old. In physical examination, tight skin with general induration in all surfaces of skin, sclerodactyly and beaked nose microstomia are noticed. The findings of all hematological, biochemical and pathological studies were normal. Conclusion: Finally, it may be concluded that FMF should be considered as a differential diagnosis in patients attending with skin tightness and the possible etiology is cytokines. [GMJ.2015;4(4):169-72]

Familial Mediterranean Fever; Skin Tightness; Sclerodactyly; Scleroderma

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