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Subacute Nodular Migratory Panniculitis (Vilanova Disease) Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Vlada Groysman, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
Updated: Dec 15, 2014

Diagnostic Considerations

Weber-Christian disease

Pancreatic panniculitis

Panniculitis artefacta

Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency–associated panniculitis

Lupus panniculitis

Differential Diagnoses

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Vlada Groysman, MD Medical Director, Cahaba Dermatology and Skin Health Center; Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Vlada Groysman, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Women's Dermatologic Society, Medical Dermatology Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Richard P Vinson, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Mountain View Dermatology, PA

Richard P Vinson, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Texas Medical Association, Association of Military Dermatologists, Texas Dermatological Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Christen M Mowad, MD Professor, Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center

Christen M Mowad, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, Phi Beta Kappa

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

William D James, MD Paul R Gross Professor of Dermatology, Vice-Chairman, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

William D James, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Sungnack Lee, MD Vice President of Medical Affairs, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Korea

Sungnack Lee, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


Daniel Davis, MD Associate Professor, Departments of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, and Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Sarah B Sawyer, MD Dermatology and Laser of Alabama

Sarah B Sawyer, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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