What is the role of lab studies in the workup 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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Laboratory studies are largely noncontributory in patients with granuloma annulare (GA). With a classic history and unremarkable physical examination findings (other than the presenting lesion[s]), no additional workup is necessary.

If, however, a thorough history is not available or systemic disease is considered likely, appropriate laboratory evaluations should be performed to exclude other diagnostic possibilities. For example, in subcutaneous granuloma annulare, a CBC count, an erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and a rheumatoid factor study may assist in excluding other possible causes for nodules.


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