Ackerman syndrome: a rare cause of arthritis with dermatitis.

We present a case of a middle-aged woman who presented with acute onset of non-erosive oligoarthritis and cutaneous lesions. Her laboratory work up revealed mild anaemia with positive antinuclear antibody. Her skin biopsy confirmed the presence of interstitial granulomatous dermatitis. She was treated with a successful trial of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. Interstitial granulomatous dermatitis with arthritis (IGDA), or Ackerman syndrome, is an under-recognised cause of arthritis with dermatitis. This is primarily due to the varied clinical presentation of the skin lesions and the non-specific laboratory findings. Our aim is to highlight the pivotal role of skin biopsy as part of the diagnostic assessment of patients who present with arthritis and concomitant skin lesions.
AuthorsKosar Hussain, Liza Thomas, Niaz Ahmed Shaikh, Badr Ahmed Abdul Hamid
JournalBMJ case reports (BMJ Case Rep) Vol. 2015 ( 2015) ISSN: 1757-790X [Electronic] England
PMID25666244 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
Copyright2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Adult
  • Arthritis (diagnosis, etiology)
  • Dermatitis (diagnosis, etiology)
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Glaucoma (complications, diagnosis)
  • Humans
  • Maxillofacial Abnormalities (complications, diagnosis)
  • Tooth Abnormalities (complications, diagnosis)
  • Treatment Outcome

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