What is the prognosis of granuloma annulare?

Updated: Oct 29, 2018
  • Author: Ruby Ghadially, MBChB, FRCP(C)Derm; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Spontaneous resolution of localized granuloma annulare has occurred within 2 years in 50% of cases, although lesions may last weeks to decades. Recurrence, often at the same site, is noted in 40% of cases.

Generalized granuloma annulare has a more chronic course, with rare spontaneous resolution, poor response to treatment, and frequent relapses.

Subcutaneous granuloma annulare lesions often spontaneously regress. Local or distant recurrences have been reported in 20-75% of cases in different studies.


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