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The Korean Journal of Medicine 2014;87(1): 115-119.
건선에 동반된 림프부종 1예
양서영, 김도영, 임현정, 김현목, 정수철, 김혜원, 문경협
중앙보훈병원 내과
A Case of Lymphedema Associated with Psoriasis
Seo Young Yang, Do Young Kim, Hyunjeong Im, Hyeonmok Kim, Soo Chul Jung, Hye Won Kim, Kyoung Hyoub Moon
Department of Internal Medicine, Veterans Health Service Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Hye Won Kim ,Tel: +82-2-2225-4369, Fax: +82-2-2225-4149, Email: dian98@empas.com
Received: May 3, 2013;   Revised: September 1, 2013;   Accepted: October 28, 2013.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Lymphedema is a rare but known complication of psoriatic arthritis and other inflammatory arthritides. Only a few cases associated with psoriatic arthritis have been reported, but none showed psoriasis was the sole factor. The precise etiology is, as yet, unknown, but many different mechanisms are likely to cause lymphedema in psoriatic arthritis, such as lymphatic vascular damage and perilymphatic accumulation of inflammatory material. Various immunosuppressive drugs have been assessed in treating this condition. Here, we report the case of an 85-year-old man with psoriasis presenting with a rare complication of bilateral lymphedema in the lower extremities. Lymphedema as well as psoriasis improved with cyclosporine.
Keywords: Lymphedema, arthritis; Psoriatic; Psoriasis; Cyclosporine
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