Visceral and skin granuloma annulare, diabetes, and polyendocrine disease

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1986 Oct 18;293(6553):977-8. doi: 10.1136/bmj.293.6553.977.


A middle aged man suffered with insulin dependent diabetes, autoimmune Addison's disease, myxoedema, and severe ulcerative colitis, for which he had undergone subtotal colectomy with formation of an ileostomy. Granuloma annulare confined to the anterior abdominal wall was diagnosed in 1981. In 1983 an episode of severe colicky pain and excessive working of the ileostomy occurred associated with severe hyperglycaemia and increased irritation of the granuloma annulare. Laparotomy disclosed adhesions and numerous white nodules over bowel, mesentery, and peritoneum histologically identical with the skin lesions. Two further episodes of subacute small bowel obstruction occurred, and a repeat laparotomy showed widespread intra-abdominal granuloma annulare. Visceral granuloma annulare appears not to have been reported before, and in this patient exacerbation of the skin lesion was associated with poor diabetic control.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Endocrine System Diseases / complications*
  • Granuloma / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*