Erythema ab igne masking cutaneous metastasis of colorectal adenocarcinoma


Skin metastasis commonly manifest as subcutaneous or intradermal violaceous nodules that coalesce with a firm rubbery appearance. Few cases reported an erythema ab igne-like appearance in the presence of internal malignancy. We report a case of metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma with erythema ab igne-like presentation. We also review cases of erythema ab igne in association with internal malignancy.



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adenocarcinoma, colorectal cancer, skin metastasis, erythema ab igne
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Alhuzimi, A. M., Alfawzan, A., Alajlan, A., & Aljasser, M. I. (2021). Erythema <em>ab igne</em&gt; masking cutaneous metastasis of colorectal adenocarcinoma. Dermatology Reports, 13(1).