Calcified lupus panniculitis

Case contributed by Enrico Citarella
Diagnosis almost certain


Follow-up of pneumonitis.

Patient Data

Age: 56
Gender: Male

CT chest study


Multiple calcified subcutaneous nodules predominantely in the pectoral regions. 

Thinning of the subcutaneous fat layer, especially in paravertebral regions.

Case Discussion

Patient has a history of SLE with alopecia, diabetes and lupus panniculitis. 

Lupus panniculitis is a rare inlammatory condition involving subcutaneous fat with an incidence of about 2-3% in SLE patients.

In female patients breast involvement is also known as lupus mastitis. Noteworthy in this case is predominant breast region distribution although the subject is a male.

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