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Sweet’s syndrome with pulmonary involvement
  1. Sarah Helen Mehrtens1,
  2. Zeeshan Ul Hasan1,
  3. Saul Maxim Halpern1 and
  4. Donal Patrick McLornan2
  1. 1 Dermatology, Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Gillingham, UK
  2. 2 Haematology, Guy’s and Saint Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah Helen Mehrtens, smehrtens{at}


Sweet’s syndrome is an acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis with classical clinical features. Systemic manifestations in Sweet’s syndrome including fever, arthralgia, myalgia and ocular involvement are common. Pulmonary involvement is a rare manifestation that has been reported previously in 34 cases and can be fatal if left untreated. We report a striking case of Sweet’s syndrome with respiratory failure secondary to bilateral pulmonary interstitial infiltrates, which rapidly responded to intravenous corticosteroid therapy. This case is an important reminder of the systemic manifestations of Sweet’s syndrome and highlights the value of collaboration between different medical specialities to optimise patient management and outcomes.

  • dermatology
  • respiratory medicine
  • haematology (incl blood transfusion)
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  • Contributors SHM wrote the manuscript. SMH, ZUH and DPM critically revised the manuscript and approved the final version for publication.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Next of kin consent obtained.

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