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Ano-genital granulomatosis: the counterpart of oro-facial granulomatosis1
Version of Record online: 13 MAR 2003
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 184–189, March 2003
How to Cite
Van De Scheur, M., Van Der Waal, R., Van Der Waal, I., Stoof, T. and Van Deventer, S. (2003), Ano-genital granulomatosis: the counterpart of oro-facial granulomatosis. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 17: 184–189. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-3083.2003.00573.x
- Issue online: 13 MAR 2003
- Version of Record online: 13 MAR 2003
- Received: 15 January 2002, accepted 3 April 2002
- Ano-genital granulomatosis;
- oro-facial granulomatosis;
- extra-intestinal Crohn's disease;
- Behçet disease
Ano-genital granulomatosis encompasses the previously recognized clinical entities of vulvitis granulomatosa, posthitis granulomatosa, and ano-perineitis granulomatosa. We report three patients with ano-genital granulomatosis. The pathological features of the disease are lymphoedema and the presence of non-caseating giant cell granulomas. These granulomas are histologically indistinguishable from those found in both Crohn's disease and sarcoidosis, therefore, patients with ano-genital granulomatosis with accompanying gastro-intestinal or pulmonary symptoms should be investigated for the presence of Crohn's disease or sarcoidosis, respectively. The value of ano-genital granulomatosis as a unifying clinicopathologic concept is to provide a label for the affliction as well as to stimulate a careful search for possibly underlying systemic disorders, thus also permitting a more specific approach to therapy.