Cureus 2021 Feb 28;13(2):e13608. Epub 2021 Feb 28.
Internal Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center - Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen, USA.
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a cluster of rare fibroinflammatory diseases that more commonly affect organs such as major salivary glands, biliary tree, periorbital tissues, kidneys, lungs, lymph nodes, retroperitoneum, and less frequently, meninges, aorta, prostate, thyroid gland, pericardium, and the skin. The clinical picture mainly depends on the affected organ and the effects on the surrounding organs, however, the histopathologic findings are very similar regardless of the organ affected. Most patients have a subclinical presentation of the disease and the only clinical manifestation is related to the anatomic location of the disease, whereas some patients may have constitutional symptoms such as weight loss and are often misdiagnosed as having other pathologies (i. Read More