Eosinophilic Fasciitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Peter M Henning, DO; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What is the pathophysiology of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What is the prevalence of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) in the US?

What is the mortality and morbidity associated with eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What are cutaneous manifestations of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What are extracutaneous manifestations of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What causes eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

DDX

How is eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) differentiated from other cutaneous disorders?

How is eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) differentiated from eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome?

How is eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) differentiated from connective-tissue diseases with peripheral eosinophilia?

What are the differential diagnoses for Eosinophilic Fasciitis?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What is the role of electromyography in the workup of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What is the role of pulmonary function testing in the workup of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What is the role of biopsy in the workup of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

Treatment

How is eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) treated?

What is the initial therapy for eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

Which medications are used in the treatment of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

Medications

What is the goal of drug treatment for eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Eosinophilic Fasciitis?

Follow-up

What is included in long-term management of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?

What is the prognosis of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)?