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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is plasmacytosis?

Plasmacytosis occurs when there are excessive numbers of plasma cells (part of the immune system) in the body. This can affect not only the skin but other parts of the body. Reddish-brown skin nodules characterize it. The cause is unclear but could be viral. This rare condition is more common amongst Asians.

Symptoms of plasmacytosis

  • Multiple areas of skin redness or red spots

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for plasmacytosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose plasmacytosis

  • Do you have multiple areas of skin which are reddened or have red spots?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for plasmacytosis

There is no standardized, effective treatment regimen. Various regimens with different drugs to suppress inflammation and/or radiation therapy are usually prescribed.

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  • Red skin

References

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    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/23247096211040657

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  • Yamamoto Y, Matsumura M. Cutaneous plasmacytosis: A rare initial presentation of idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease. Clin Case Rep. 2021 May 4;9(5):e04109. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.4109. PMID: 34026151; PMCID: PMC8122127.

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