By Gary M. White, MD

Erythema gyratum repens (EGR) is a rare often paraneoplastic syndrome most commonly associated with lung, esophageal, and breast carcinoma.


Gyrate erythematous and scaly lesions are widespread. The appearance can be akin to erythema annular centrifugum. The annular, wavy, red, scaly lines are sometimes said to fit together like "grains of wood".


If paraneoplastic, removing the malignancy clears the rash.

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This case of EAC was dense enough in some areas to resemble EGR.
Erythema annulare centrifugum resembling erythema gyratum repens


Images in Clinical Medicine. N Engl J Med; May 2010

Figure 4 from An. Bras. Dermatol. vol.88 no.1 Rio de Janeiro Jan./Feb. 201


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