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Re: plaque-like mucinosis ( reticular erythematous mucinosis)

Re: plaque-like mucinosis ( reticular erythematous mucinosis)

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Posted by Tammy MN on August 26, 2000 at 14:11:49:

In Reply to: Re: plaque-like mucinosis ( reticular erythematous mucinosis) posted by Virginia on August 25, 2000 at 21:12:46:

: : My biopsy seemed to be suggestive of this condition. but there is little info about it. I have other symptoms such as weakness and fatigue that they say cannot be related?? any one ever heard of this or know anything about it.

: I'll tell you what little I've read about it. It's called REM. A rash that appears on the mid-line of the back and chest. Sometimes on the abdomen. There's not much treatment information. It may respond to antimalarial drugs. I think it's a connective tissue disorder of the skin. Reticular means mesh-like. Erythematous refers to red. Mucinosis refers to the type of deposits in the derma of the skin. It has been found to be present along with HIV in some cases. I'm no expert. Haven't seen a case. Just pulling from memory and that may be fuzzy. I have noticed that Lupus is usually mentioned when talking about REM. Not sure about the connection there. Not much information to draw from. Maybe someone else will know more.

Thank you so much for your response. I have suspected possible Lupus for quite sometime but don't have the blood work to prove it. I have another type of rash that was diagnosed as polymorphic light eruption that is alos discussed in reference to lupus patients. But having a difficult time convincing anyone of the legitmacy of my symptoms. So far the only suggestion has been to see the psychiatrist. This includes two general practitioners, two internists, and one rhematologist. The two dermatologists I saw were the only ones who didn't make this suggestion, I suppose because it's hard to deny the existence of a rash?
once again thanks for the response!

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