An atypical case of eosinophil-Rich Sweet’s syndrome
Yosra Soua1, Mohamed Ben Rjeb1, Adnène Moussa2, Syrine Dadaa3, Ines Laouel1, Hichem Belhadjali1, Monia Youssef1, Jameleddine Zili1
1Department of Dermatology, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir, Tunisia, 2Department of Anatomopathology, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir, Tunisia, 3Department of Internal Medicine, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir, Tunisia
Corresponding author: Dr. Soua Yosra
Submission: 14.06.2020; Acceptance: 13.09.2020
Cite this article: Soua Y, Ben Rjeb M, Moussa A, Dadaa S, Laouel I, Belhadjali H, Youssef M, Zili J. An atypical case of eosinophil-Rich Sweet’s syndrome. Our Dermatol Online. 2021;12(2):156-158.
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Sweet’s syndrome is an inflammatory disease that occurs mainly in young adults. Its clinical and histological aspects are usually characteristic. Its diagnostic criteria were proposed by von den Driesch. Two major and at least two minor criteria are required to establish the diagnosis. Sweet’s syndrome is classically associated with neutrophilic infiltrate. A few cases of Sweet’s syndrome with dense eosinophil infiltrate have been described. Here, we report a new case of eosinophil-rich Sweet’s syndrome in a young woman without underlying pathology.
Key words: Sweet’s syndrome; Eosinophils; Neutrophils
Sweet’s syndrome is an inflammatory disease that occurs mainly in young adults. Its clinical and histological aspects are usually characteristic. Sweet’s syndrome is classically associated with neutrophilic infiltrate . A few cases of Sweet’s syndrome with dense eosinophil infiltrate have been described. Here, we report a new case of eosinophil-rich Sweet’s syndrome in a young woman without underlying pathology.
A previously healthy 30-year-old woman presented with an abrupt onset of inflammatory erythematous plaques associated with polyarthralgia and fever evolving for the past week. No new drug intake or insect bites were noted. A physical examination revealed inflammatory and infiltrated plaques and nodules on the upper limbs. On the lower limbs, large pseudo-urticarial inflammatory plaques with centrifugal extension and purplish borders were noted (Fig. 1). The rest of the examination did not reveal further abnormalities. A biological assessment showed an accelerated sedimentation rate, CRP at 45 mg/L, and hyperleukocytosis at 11,000 cells/mm3 with a predominance of polynuclear neutrophilic leukocytes. Cutaneous biopsies from the forearm and thigh showed an edematous dermis with perivascular inflammatory infiltrate rich in neutrophils (Fig. 2) and eosinophilic polynuclear cells, with leukocytoclasia and collagen necrobiosis (Fig. 3). A thoracoabdominopelvic scan was without abnormalities, and an immunological assessment was negative. The patient was treated with corticosteroid therapy at a dose of 1 mg/kg/day with a marked improvement.
Sweet’s syndrome (SS) is an inflammatory disease that occurs mainly in young adults with a predominance in females. Its diagnostic criteria were proposed by von den Driesch . The presence of two major and at least two minor criteria establishes the diagnosis of SS. The major criteria are (1) an abrupt onset of painful erythematous plaques or nodules and (2) a predominantly neutrophilic infiltration of the dermis without leukocytoclastic vasculitis. The minor criteria are (1) association with a respiratory or gastrointestinal tract infection, vaccination, inflammatory disease, malignancy, or pregnancy, (2) fever, (3) abnormal laboratory values—erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) at 20 mm/h, a raised level of C-reactive protein, leukocytosis at 8000 cells/mL, 70% neutrophils in peripheral blood (3 out of 4 abnormal laboratory values required for the diagnosis)—and (4) excellent response to treatment with systemic corticosteroids or potassium iodide. Our patient fulfilled the two major criteria and two minor criteria of SS. In our patient, the minor criteria were blood neutrophilia and excellent response to systemic corticosteroids . The diagnosis of Sweet’s syndrome was upheld, but it was particular by its histology. Sweet’s syndrome is classically associated with neutrophilic infiltrate. Additional features of leukocytoclastic vasculitis may be present . Unusual histopathologic variants of Sweet’s syndrome, including histiocytoid Sweet’s syndrome, have been reported . The presence of eosinophils in the neutrophilic infiltrates of acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis has also been reported in the literature. In a histopathological review of 73 cases, eosinophilic infiltration was present in up to 40% of the lesions and associated, in some cases, with eosinophilia in peripheral blood . The pathogenesis of eosinophil infiltrate in this syndrome has not been well understood. Cases with dense eosinophilic infiltrates are much rarer. To the best of our knowledge, four cases of eosinophils-rich Sweet’s syndrome have been reported . Among these, a patient with a B-cell lymphoma developed Wells’ syndrome, following eosinophil-rich Sweet’s syndrome . Another patient, with a subsequent appearance of Wells’ syndrome, Sweet’s syndrome, and leukocytoclastic vasculitis, developed a ganglial lymphoma for several months . Other underlying processes of SS may include inflammatory bowel disease, infection, pregnancy, or medication. Neoplastic diseases are associated with approximately 20% of cases . Clinical manifestations can precede the diagnosis of a neoplasm in patients. Although etiological investigations were negative in our patient, monitoring should be continued to detect a later association of pathology.
We report here the case of a particular form of Sweet’s syndrome rich in eosinophils.
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