Eosinophilic Fasciitis (cont.)

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What is the treatment for eosinophilic fasciitis?

Treatment of eosinophilic fasciitis is directed at eliminating the tissue inflammation and includes aspirin, other anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and cortisone. Many patients will improve spontaneously. Others can be afflicted with persistent tissue and joint pain, in addition to thickening of the involved tissues.

For aggressive eosinophilic fasciitis, cortisone medications (such as prednisone and prednisolone), sometimes administered intravenously initially, are considered along with immune-suppression medications (such as methotrexate [Rheumatrex, Trexall], cyclophosphamide [Cytoxan] and penicillamine [Depen, Cuprimine]).

Medical research has shown that immune-suppression drugs, such as methotrexate, can reduce both the immune inflammation and the need for continued cortisone medications.

What is the prognosis (outlook) for eosinophilic fasciitis?

The outlook for eosinophilic fasciitis is generally good, particularly if treated aggressively early. Along with medications, physical therapy can be required for optimal rehabilitation.

Can eosinophilic fasciitis be prevented?

Because we do not yet know the cause of eosinophilic fasciitis, it cannot be prevented.

REFERENCE:

Henning, Peter M. "Eosinophilic Fasciitis." Medscape.com. Jan. 18, 2012. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/329515-overview>.


Last Editorial Review: 2/17/2012



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