Mycobacterium chelonae infection presenting as recurrent cutaneous and subcutaneous nodules - a presentation previously diagnosed as Weber Christian disease

Emanual Michael Maverakis, Yong He, Forum B. Patel, Sarah Fitzmaurice, Maxwell A Fung

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Although the dermatologic community rarely uses "Weber-Christian Disease" as a diagnosis, it still appears in the internal medicine literature. Herein we present a patient with recurrent cutaneous and subcutaneous nodules who was initially treated with aggressive immunosupression for a presumptive diagnosis of Weber-Christian Disease. After more than a decade the patient was diagnosed with cutaneous Mycobacterium chelonea. This case is an excellent example of the difficulty in diagnosing mycobacterial infections and underscores the importance of having a high suspicion for infectious etiologies for unresponsive cutaneous eruptions in patients on immunosuppressive medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2014



  • Iatrogenic
  • Immunosuppression
  • Mycobacterium chelonae
  • Panniculitis
  • Weber-Christian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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