Eosinophilic Fasciitis - Cause - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment
Eosinophilic fasciitis is a syndrome characterized by tenderness and swelling of the extremities caused by inflammation of the fascia and muscles. The arms, legs, trunk, and face may be affected by joint contractures, muscle weakness, and changes in the overlying skin.
Eosinophilic Fasciitis and Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome
The disorders Eosinophilic Fasciitis and Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome are similar but not the same.
Eosinophil count - absolute
This is a test to measure the number of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) in the blood.
Eosinophilic Fasciitis (Shulman's Syndrome)
Eosinophilic fasciitis is a specific disease of the skin that leads to inflammation and thickening of the skin and fascia underneath. In patients with eosinophilic fasciitis, the involved fascia is inflamed with the eosinophil type of white blood cells. Eosinophilic fasciitis is sometimes confused with the eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome and scleroderma.
Eosinophilic fasciitis (EF)
The early description of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) by Shulman in 1975 was of a disorder characterized by peripheral eosinophilia and fasciitis, which could be differentiated from scleroderma by the distinctive pattern of skin involvement that spares the digits, involves fascia rather than dermis, and is not accompanied by Raynaud phenomenon, from eMedicine.