Intern Med 2012 15;51(8):935-41. Epub 2012 Apr 15.
Division of Rheumatic Diseases, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Japan.
Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related disease is a distinctive mass-forming disorder with frequent systemic involvement, most commonly in the pancreas, salivary glands and lacrimal glands. A few cases of dural involvement and one case of central airway stenosis have also been described. We report here a rare case of IgG4-related disease with intracranial hypertrophic pachymeningitis and irregular tracheobronchial stenosis. We review four previously reported cases of IgG4-related pachymeningitis. We currently lack international standards for the diagnosis of extrapancreatic IgG4-related disease. Based on the findings of the present case and those reported previously, we discuss the distinctive features of IgG4-related pachymeningitis.
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