Remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting edema (RS3PE) syndrome: A case report

Yi Ming Chen, Liang Kung Chen, Shinn Jang Hwang, Der Yuan Chen, Hidenori Arai*

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Abstract

Remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting edema (RS3PE) is a rare form of paraneoplastic tenosynovitis, which is more prone to occur in elderly males. A 78-year-old male had a past history of gastric cancer 23 years ago and underwent subtotal gastrectomy then. He led a fair life after the surgery. However, fever, edema in four extremities, gait disturbance, and liver function impairment bothered him for 5 months, which caused significant physical functional decline. Despite of extensive laboratory and imaging examinations, no definite diagnosis and treatment were provided. He was referred to Kyoto University hospital and RS3PE was diagnosed. After the diagnosis of RS3PE syndrome was made, systemic steroid was given and fever, edema and liver function impairment improved dramatically within 7 days. The patient was well managed by oral prednisolone 30 mg per day after discharge. RS3PE should be considered when an elderly man with aforementioned presentations in order to prevent significant functional decline in daily living.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Geriatrics
  • Paraneoplastic tenosynovitis
  • Remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting edema (RS3PE) syndrome

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