Three cases of polyarteritis nodosa cutanea and a review of the literature

J Dermatol. 2000 Dec;27(12):778-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2000.tb02281.x.


We describe three cases of polyarteritis nodosa cutanea (PNC) showing necrotizing arteritis and only cutaneous lesions without systemic symptoms or visceral involvement for eleven, six, and three years after the onset of the disease. Since it was first described, there has been continuous controversy as to whether PNC progresses to systemic PN. Some cases have been described which had begun with a cutaneous lesion and progressed to the systemic form 19 and 18 years after the onset of the disease, so we believe that long term follow-up of this disease is essential.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angiography
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa / diagnosis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa / drug therapy
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa / pathology*
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / drug therapy
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / pathology*


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones