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PEACE in the midst of an emergency: a rash not to miss
  1. Christiana Stavrou,
  2. Strachan Mackenzie,
  3. Rachael Pocock and
  4. Andrew J Wilson
  1. Department of Haematology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christiana Stavrou; christiana.stavrou{at}nhs.net

Abstract

We present the case of a 29-year-old woman who initially presented to her GP with a short history of non-pruritic annular skin lesions with central clearing. A month later, she developed signs and symptoms of bone marrow failure with bruising, epistaxis and fatigue. After urgent review of a blood film, she was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APML), which is a haematological emergency. Treatment with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) was commenced immediately and she was subsequently treated with arsenic trioxide (ATO). The annular rash was subsequently diagnosed as paraneoplastic erythema annulare centrifugum (PEACE), which resolved with treatment. This case demonstrates the importance of the urgent diagnosis of APML and highlights PEACE as a rash that clinicians should be aware of, as it can be the initial manifestation of a number of both haematological and non-haematological malignancies.

  • haematology (incl blood transfusion)
  • dermatology
  • haematology (drugs and medicines)

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  • Contributors CS was involved in patient care, acquisition of information and images, design of case report, literature search, drafting and final approval of manuscript. SM was involved in patient care, acquisition of information and images, design of case report, literature search, drafting and final approval of manuscript. RP was involved in patient care, acquisition of information, drafting and final approval of manuscript. AJW was involved in patient care, design of case report, drafting and final approval of manuscript.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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

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