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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 274-275  

Tropical pyomyositis in a patient with hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome

1 Department of Radiology, Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 Department of Radiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Submission29-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance10-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication04-May-2020

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Edson Marchiori
Department of Radiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
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DOI: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_569_19

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Pacheco E, Generoso T, Severo A, Marchiori E, Canella C. Tropical pyomyositis in a patient with hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome. Lung India 2020;37:274-5

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Pacheco E, Generoso T, Severo A, Marchiori E, Canella C. Tropical pyomyositis in a patient with hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome. Lung India [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 24];37:274-5. Available from: https://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2020/37/3/274/283752


A 19-year-old woman with skeletal and connective tissue abnormalities characterized by scoliosis, joint hyperextensibility and high palate, and a previous history of recurrent respiratory and skin infections, presented with acute fever and soft subcutaneous nodules with no phlogistic sign on the chest or limbs. Computed tomography (CT) of the chest demonstrated peripheral lung abscesses, bronchiectasis, and pneumatoceles, some with air–fluid levels [Figure 1]a. Abdominal CT showed multiple hypodense collections suggesting abscesses in the pelvis, abdominal and thoracic walls, and left adrenal region [Figure 1]b and c]. Staphylococcus aureus was identified in material drained from intramuscular collection in the left thigh, leading to the diagnosis of tropical pyomyositis. The patient's total serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) level was 10,900 UI/L and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) score was >60, suggestive of autosomal dominant hyper-IgE syndrome (AD-HIES).[1],[2],[3]
Figure 1: (a) Computed tomography of the chest showing thin-walled pneumatoceles (asterisks) with air–fluid level and septae, associated with bronchiectasis and a peripheral nodule. The mediastinal window setting (b) demonstrates a peripheral nodular lung abscess (arrowheads) and intramuscular abscesses on the chest wall (arrows). Coronal reconstruction (c) reveals numerous intramuscular collections and intra-abdominal abscesses, most with peripheral contrast enhancement, on the left psoas muscle and in the left adrenal region (white asterisks). Note also the abscesses on the chest wall (arrows)

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AD-HIES is a rare multisystemic immunodeficiency related to STAT3 mutations and characterized by eczema, high serum IgE levels (>2000 IU/mL), and recurrent skin and lung infections, caused mainly by S. aureus. It is also associated with nonimmunological features composing the NIH score.[1],[2],[3] Pneumatoceles and bronchiectasis result from aberrant healing of pneumonia.[1],[2],[3] AD-HIES has been associated with recurrent infections, mainly on the skin, lungs, and liver. To our knowledge, no previous report has described tropical pyomyositis in a patient with AD-HIES. This case demonstrates a rare complication of AD-HIES and the importance of CT in the diagnosis of asymptomatic collections in affected patients, especially in the absence of inflammatory signs.

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Grimbacher B, Holland SM, Gallin JI, Greenberg F, Hill SC, Malech HL, et al. Hyper-IgE syndrome with recurrent infections – An autosomal dominant multisystem disorder. N Engl J Med 1999;340:692-702.  Back to cited text no. 1
Wu J, Chen J, Tian ZQ, Zhang H, Gong RL, Chen TX, et al. Clinical manifestations and genetic analysis of 17 patients with autosomal dominant hyper-IgE syndrome in Mainland China: New reports and a literature review. J Clin Immunol 2017;37:166-79.  Back to cited text no. 2
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