|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 191-193
Pachyonychia congenita affecting nails only: A sporadic case or novel mutation of an uncommon genodermatoses
Yadalla Hari Kishan Kumar, Shankar Keerthi
Department of Dermatology, Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Date of Web Publication||9-Aug-2017|
Yadalla Hari Kishan Kumar
Skin Care Clinic, 70, Padma Nivasa, 3rd Cross MG Extension, HV Halli, Rajarajeswari Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 098, Karnataka
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Pachyonychia congenita (PC) is a rare genodermatoses transmitted by autosomal dominant inheritance characterized by hypertrophic nail changes and nail dystrophy, also associated with the oral mucosa, skin, hair, and teeth involvement. A 26-year-old female presented with disfigured nails of both hands and feet involving all 20 digits since birth. She gave complaints of occasional painful swelling and shedding of nails. The nails were discolored and thickened with overcurvature and subungual hyperkeratosis giving a characteristic wedge-shaped appearance. Palms, soles, and mucous membrane examination were normal. There were no other ectodermal abnormalities, and systemic examination was normal. Potassium hydroxide examination of the nail clippings did not reveal any fungi. The presence of characteristic clinical features led to a diagnosis of forme fruste of PC.
Keywords: Jadassohn–Lewandowsky syndrome, pachyonychia congenital, wedge-shaped hyperkeratotic nails
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Kishan Kumar YH, Keerthi S. Pachyonychia congenita affecting nails only: A sporadic case or novel mutation of an uncommon genodermatoses. Int J Health Allied Sci 2017;6:191-3
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Kishan Kumar YH, Keerthi S. Pachyonychia congenita affecting nails only: A sporadic case or novel mutation of an uncommon genodermatoses. Int J Health Allied Sci [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Jan 20];6:191-3. Available from: https://www.ijhas.in/text.asp?2017/6/3/191/212588
| Introduction|| |
Pachyonychia congenita (PC) is a rare genodermatoses having autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. PC is characterized by hypertrophic nail changes and nail dystrophy and is usually present at birth or develop within 1 year of birth. Apart from the nail changes, PC is also associated with oral mucosa, skin, hair, and teeth involvement. Muller and Wilson described the first case of PC, and then after a year, same condition was reported by Jadassohn–Lewandowsky.,, On the basis of clinical features found in addition to the nail changes, PC has been classified into four types. Herein, we report a rare case of PC Type 1 affecting the nails only with no family history or other syndrome abnormality.
| Case Report|| |
A 26-year-old female presented with disfigured nails of both hands and both feet involving all 20 digits since birth. She had occasional painful swelling and shedding of nails.
She also complained of hyperhidrosis of palms and soles. The patient is born to consanguineous parents and has siblings with no similar complaints in the family tree unto previous two generations. The patient is married and has two children aged 4 years and 1-month-old and have no abnormalities [Figure 1]. Antenatal, natal, and postnatal history were unremarkable. Initially, parents noticed few thickened nails of fingers and toes at birth and gradually involved all the twenty nails. On examination, discoloration of the nails which are lustreless, thickening of the nails with uplifting, and tenting of the distal nails are noted. The nails also show presence of a great amount of subungual hyperkeratosis and adhesion of the nail plate to the underlying nail bed [Figure 2]. There was hypercurvature of the transverse axis of all nail plates giving a “pinched shape” or “door wedge shape” to the free edge of the nail plate [Figure 3]. No other skin lesions were noted with palms, soles, and mucous membrane examination being normal [Figure 4]. There were no other ectodermal abnormalities, and systemic examination was normal. The routine investigations were within the normal limits. Potassium hydroxide examination of the nails did not reveal any fungi. Patient's hair, teeth, throat, and ophthalmological examination were normal. These clinical features with characteristic nail changes were diagnosed as PC Type 1 (Jadassohn–Lewandowsky syndrome) affecting only nails with no family history and other syndrome abnormalities, which is a rare presentation of an uncommon genodermatoses.
|Figure 1: Family pedigree depicting two generations of the patient and her children with no affected member. Double lines shows consanguinity of the parents, and the black symbol shows affected patient with pachyonychia congenita|
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|Figure 2: Clinical photograph of all nails showing thickened, lustreless nail plate with subungual hyperkeratosis|
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|Figure 3: Close-up view showing hypercurvature of the transverse axis of all nail plates giving a characteristic wedge-shaped nail of pachyonychia congenita|
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|Figure 4: Clinical photograph showing no skin involvement of palms and soles|
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The patient was counseled about the cosmetic disfigurement and debilitating nature of the disease. Paring of the nails was done, and topical keratolytics were advised for symptomatic relief. She was told to report back for follow-up after completion of breast feeding of her child for starting her on systemic retinoids.
| Discussion|| |
PC is a rare group of inherited ectodermal dysplasias transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion. It may occur as a sporadic case with spontaneous mutation. Four variants of PC have been identified:,,
- PC Type 1 (Jadassohn–Lewandowsky syndrome) characterized by focal palmoplantar keratoderma and follicular keratotic papules over body
- PC Type 2 (Murray–Jackson–Lawler syndrome) having natal teeth and steatocystoma multiplex along with features of PC type 1
- PC Type 3 (Schafer–Branauer syndrome) includes combined features of Types 1 and 2 with angular cheilitis, corneal dyskeratosis, and cataracts
- PC Type 4 includes features of Types 1–3 with laryngeal lesions, hoarseness of voice with mental retardation, hair abnormalities, and alopecia.
Jadassohn–Lewandowsky syndrome represents a group of rare, autosomal dominant keratin disorders with characteristic nail findings and with the additional abnormalities of the palmoplantar skin, pilosebaceous apparatus, oral and laryngeal mucosae, teeth, and hair.
This syndrome results from mutations in genes encoding epidermal keratinocyte keratins, specifically the 1A and 1B helical encasing regions of keratins. K6a, K6b, K16, and K17 are the most frequent sites of mutations. The mutation is likely to have a deleterious effect on protein structure as it interferes with the assembly of polypeptides forming the keratin skeleton of epidermal cells.,, The hallmark of this syndrome is hyperkeratosis of the nail bed. This type of subungual hyperkeratosis leads to the elevation and increased transverse curvature of the nail plate. The elevation is most pronounced distally resulting in an omega or pincer nail deformity. The nail plates are also discolored, thick, and friable, and they sometimes fail to reach the distal fingertip. In general, all the twenty nails are involved, although the findings are often most severe on thumbs, index fingers, and toes.,
The age of onset of the various manifestations is variable, but dystrophy of the nails usually presents within the 1st month of life. However, many cases have been described with the onset of characteristic nail changes during the second or the third decade of life along with palmoplantar keratoderma, hyperhidrosis, and oral leukokeratosis. Such cases could be interpreted as PC tarda or late-onset PC, a term suggested by Paller et al. Isolated early-onset nail change is very rare, and late-onset isolated nail dystrophy is even more unusual.,,,, The treatment is usually unsatisfactory and the options include topical application of salicylic acid, urea, and 5-fluorouracil. The other treatment options are systemic therapy such as oral retinoids (acitretin, retinoic acid) and surgery.,
Our case thus represents a rare presentation of PC with only nail involvement. The possible explanation for only nail involvement could be either a sporadic case, novel or incomplete mutation, as there is no family history in our case. Hence, further genetic studies are warranted to delineate the exact cause. This case has been reported because of its rarity and due to the cosmetic disfigurement and debilitating nature of this condition. The treatment is aimed at reducing disability and morbidity and to alleviate symptoms, as conventional treatments are usually resistant or unsatisfactory. The use of small interfering RNAs (siRNA) to regulate keratin expression is being explored, and PC seizes to be one of the rare genodermatoses where numerous research and clinical trials are yet to translate into a successful outcome.
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