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Granulomatous rosacea

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Granulomatous rosacea is a variant of rosacea, a chronic skin condition involving inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids.[1][2][3] Rosacea may appear as redness, prominent spider-like blood vessels, swelling, or skin eruptions similar to acne.[3] Granulomatous rosacea appears to be a distinctive papular form of rosacea that is found primarily across the upper part of the face, particularly around the eyes and the nose. These discrete papules may appear as yellowish-brown hard nodules, and may be accompanied by marked erythema.[1][2][4] Granulomatous rosacea can often be difficult to differentiate from other facial granulomatous dermatoses of unknown cause, especially lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei (LMDF).[2] Granulomatous rosacea has been reported primarily in middle-aged women, and in association with immunosuppression and constitutes about 10% of all cases of rosacea.[1][2] This pattern of rosacea is sometimes associated with scarring and may be resistant to conventional treatment.[4] 
Last updated: 4/26/2010


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  2. Kaur S, Kanwar AJ, Thami GP, Mohan H, Arya SK. 2003;;year=2003;volume=69;issue=7;spage=58;epage=60;aulast=Kaur. Accessed 4/26/2010.
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  4. Banasikowska AK, Singh S. Rosacea. eMedicine. June 12, 2009; Accessed 4/26/2010.
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