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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 104-105
Focal dermal hypoplasia or goltz syndrome: A rare association with keratoconus

Department of Dermatology, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Date of Web Publication15-Jan-2016

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Surajit Gorai
Department of Dermatology, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Burdwan, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.174055

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Gorai S, Bindal A, Seth J, Samanta A B. Focal dermal hypoplasia or goltz syndrome: A rare association with keratoconus. Indian J Dermatol 2016;61:104-5

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Focal dermal hypoplasia (FDH) or Goltz syndrome was first described by Liebermann in 1935 as "atrophodermia linearis maculosa et papillomatosis congenitalis." Goltz in 1962 mentioned the term "FDH." It is a rare syndrome identified by dysplasia of structures derived from ectoderm and mesoderm. Hence, named as congenital ectodermal-mesodermal dysplasia also. [1] Incidence is 1:50,000-1:150,000 in the general population. It primarily affects the cutaneous and skeletal system, but ocular, dental, and central nervous system anomalies are fairly common. Being an X-linked dominant condition only females are affected, whereas male dies in utero. Skeletal abnormalities are found in around 80% cases. [2]

We report a case of FDH in an 11 weeks, low birth weight female infant born out of nonconsanguineous marriage from an unaffected parent.

At the time of presentation to us she had multiple inflamed and eroded patches over posterior thigh, back, and buttock [Figure 1]. After 6 weeks, she developed multiple round hypopigmented atrophied patches of varying sizes developed bilaterally over the back of thigh, buttock, lateral abdomen, and umbilicus in a blaschkoid pattern. Lesions were cribriform and surrounded by a hyperpigmented border [Figure 2]a. On skeletal examination, there were some typical changes. Hand feet showed syndactyly of right 3 rd and 4 th finger, polydactyly of left foot, and lobster deformity of the right foot [Figure 2]b and d]. Nails of hand were dystrophic. Face showed round shape, pointed chin, incomplete left-sided cleft lip, narrow depressed nasal bridge, widened flared nasal ala with less scalp, and eyebrow hair [Figure 2]c. On ophthalmology referral, they found bilateral keratoconus. X-ray from long bones showed osteopathia striata. Biopsy from the atrophic, hypopigmented lesion of the back of thigh showed normal epidermis and thin dermis with scanty collagen. Multiple discrete areas of mature adipocytes impinging epidermis noted. This rare skin disease is due to a mutation in PORCN gene that is located in X chromosome. PORCN is a part of porcupine gene family detected first in drosophila. It is responsible for the synthesis of endoplasmic reticulum protein with multiple transmembrane domains. It is also a regulator of Wnt signaling. [3] Eye features include microphthalmia with bilateral coloboma of the iris, ectopia lentis, strabismus, anophthalmia, nystagmus, irregularities of the pupils, and corneal defects such as keratoconus, photophobia, and ptosis. [4] Eye lesions itself are not so common with this syndrome and keratoconus was reported in very few cases. Musculoskeletal defects are osteopenia, spina bifida, scoliosis, etc. Hypermobile joint with hand foot asymmetry is evident many times. Syndactyly, ectrodactyly polydactyly, hypoplasia, or agenesis of fingers with a lobster deformity in extreme cases is seen among hand foot defect. [5] The lobster defect of the foot was seen in our cases also.
Figure 1: Inflamed eroded areas at presentation

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Figure 2: (a) Cribriform atrophy over posterior thigh (b) lobster foot (c) left-sided partial cleft lip (d) lobster foot(closer view)

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Treatment of Goltz syndrome is mainly supportive. Genetic counseling, local skin care, correction of systemic associations and deformities are the mainstay of therapy. Proper rehabilitative measures are of utmost importance for a grown up child. [4]

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