Neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis masquerading as facial cellulitis

Monika Srivastava, Susan Scharf, Shane A Meehan, David Polsky
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2007, 56 (4): 693-6
Neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis typically manifests as erythematous plaques on the face, trunk, or extremities. This eruption has been associated with numerous factors, but most commonly is seen with chemotherapy, particularly cytarabine. We report a 73-year-old woman with acute myelogenous leukemia who developed rapidly expansive neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis mimicking facial cellulitis only after a course of cytarabine was followed by granulocyte-colony stimulating factor. Prompt diagnosis is imperative to prevent prolonged antimicrobial therapy.

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