Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 26, Issue 9, pp 1445–1451 | Cite as

Eosinophilic fasciitis: report of two cases and a systematic review of the literature dealing with clinical variables that predict outcome

  • Yukie Endo
  • Atsushi Tamura
  • Youichiro Matsushima
  • Tomoko Iwasaki
  • Michiko Hasegawa
  • Yayoi Nagai
  • Osamu Ishikawa
Original Article


We reported two patients with refractory eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) and provided a systematic review of the literature to determine the clinical variables associated with prognosis of EF. We enrolled 88 cases, whose clinical characteristics were analyzed by separating the patients into two or three groups based on outcome. The incidence of certain clinical and pathological features differed among the groups. In particular, the incidence of morphea-like skin lesions in patients with refractory fibrosis was significantly higher than in patients without refractory fibrosis (p = 0.003). Patients with morphea-like skin lesions were 1.9 times more likely to develop persistent fibrosis than patients without these lesions (95% confidence intervals, 1.5–2.5). A younger age (under 12 years) at onset was associated with a 1.6 times greater risk of residual fibrosis (95% confidence interval, 1.1–2.2). Trunk involvement was associated with a 1.4 times greater risk of residual fibrosis (95% confidence interval, 1.0–2.0). Histopathologically, the presence of dermal fibrosclerosis was associated with a 1.4 times greater risk of refractory fibrosis (95% confidence interval, 1.0–2.1). We consider these clinical characteristics, notably the presence of morphea-like skin lesions may be an important risk factor for developing residual fibrosis in EF patients.


Corticosteroid Eosinophilic fasciitis Morphea 



This work was supported by the Ministry of Health Welfare Scleroderma Research Committee, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yukie Endo
    • 1
  • Atsushi Tamura
    • 1
  • Youichiro Matsushima
    • 1
  • Tomoko Iwasaki
    • 1
  • Michiko Hasegawa
    • 1
  • Yayoi Nagai
    • 1
  • Osamu Ishikawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyGunma University Graduate School of MedicineMaebashiJapan

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