Answer: Pop Quiz #5

Correct Answer: 3. Destructive Arthritis

Explanation: The image represents multicentric reticulohistiocytosis. Clinically this histiocytosis manifests as smooth red to yellowish papules and nodules or occasionally thin plaques favoring acral and extensor surfaces, occasionally with leonine facies. When nodules are aligned along the proximal-lateral nail fold as in the associated image, it is described as having a “coral bead” appearance. Systemic manifestations include destructive arthritis in approximately 60% with so called “accordion hands” on x-ray, associated malignancy in approximately 25% and occasionally internal organ involvement. Important entities in the clinical differential diagnosis include erythema elevatum diutinum and dermatomyositis.


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