Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2022 , Vol 68 , Num 1

Brucella as an unexpected cause of erythema nodosum

Mete Pekdiker 1 ,Sertaç Ketenci 2
1 Rheumatology, Muş State Hospital, Muş, Turkey
2 Rheumatology, Manisa City Hospital, Manisa, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2022.6625 Erythema nodosum (EN) is the most common panniculitis which affects individuals from all ages. Etiologically most of the cases are idiopathic EN and infections rank the second. Its clinical presentation is sudden, hot erythematous nodules or plaques in legs, knees or ankles with a diameter ranging between 1 and 5 cm. In the majority of cases, healing is observed within two to eight weeks without any scar tissues. It may occasionally manifest itself as the first symptom of systemic diseases such as sarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, Behçet`s disease, and other rheumatological conditions. Therefore, EN cases must be carefully examined in terms of their etiologies. Herein, we report an interesting Brucella case presenting as a EN case consulted for rheumatological etiology investigation. Keywords : Brucellosis, erythema nodosum, rheumatology