J Korean Acad Rehabil Med.  2007 Aug;31(4):478-481.

Eosinophilic Fasciitis Localized on the Left Lower Extremity: A case report

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Kosin University College of Medicine, Korea. jhjpmr@yahoo.co.kr

Abstract

Eosinophilic fasciitis is a rare disorder which can markedly affect the quality of life in individual patients by disabling joint mobility. Eosinophilic fasciitis causes symmetrical pain, swelling and contracture of the extremities. A definite diagnosis of eosinophilic fasciitis is usually based on histopathologic examination. Hematologically, patients with this disease often have hypergammaglobulinemia and eosinophilia. However, these abnormalities are not specific to this disease and do not correlate with the severity of eosinophilic fasciitis. Although this disease shows good response to systemic steroids, no generally accepted and effective treatment modality has been available. Physical treatment of contracture includes passive, active assistive and active ROM, depending on the condition of the patient, usually after the application of deep or superficial heat. Therapeutic ultrasound is commonly used for contracture. We encountered a case of rehabilitation for an eosinophilic fasciitis localized on the left lower extremity.

Keyword

Eosinophilic fasciitis; Contracture
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