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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 378-379
Hyper IgE syndrome with umbilical hernia

Department of Dermatology, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital, K.G. Halli, Bangalore - 560 045, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication5-Nov-2009

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Prabhakar M Sangolli
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.57619

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Hyper IgE Syndrome (HIES) is a rare multi system genetic immunodeficiency disorder, with immunological and non-immunological features. Immunolgical features are 1) Recurrent cutaneous abscesses, 2) Atopic dermatitis like lesions,
3) Sino pulmonary infections, 4) Elevated serum IgE levels and 5) Abnormal neutrophil chemotaxis. Non immunological features include cranio facial and skeletal abnormalities. We are reporting a girl with classical features of HIES with umbilical hernia with her younger brother suffering from right sided inguinal hernia, as both herniae are hitherto unreported in patients with HIES.

Keywords: Hyper IgE syndrome, umbilical hernia, inguinal hernia

How to cite this article:
Hiremath N C, Madan Mohan N T, Srinivas C, Sangolli PM, Srinivas K, Soumya N. Hyper IgE syndrome with umbilical hernia. Indian J Dermatol 2009;54:378-9

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Hiremath N C, Madan Mohan N T, Srinivas C, Sangolli PM, Srinivas K, Soumya N. Hyper IgE syndrome with umbilical hernia. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2009 [cited 2021 May 12];54:378-9. Available from:

   Introduction Top

First described in 1966, hyper immunoglobulin E syndrome (HIES) is a rare primary genetic immunodeficiency disorder with both autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. [1] It has two variants, namely: Job's syndrome and Buckley's syndrome. Autosomal recessive patients tend to have severe molluscum contagiosum and other viral infections and may develop severe neurological complications. These patients also lack skeletal or dental involvement and do not develop lung cysts. [2]

We are reporting of a girl with classical features of HIES with umbilical hernia. Her clinically normal younger brother had right-sided inguinal hernia.

   Case Report Top

A 5-year-old girl, offspring of a second-degree consanguinous marriage, presented with generalized itching and crusted lesions over the face and scalp of one month duration and swelling of face since three days. The patient had past history of recurrent pyoderma, abscesses, empyema thoracis, otitis media, and oral candidiasis with onset of illness when the patient was one-week old. There was no history of similar illness among family members. Her younger brother was operated for right-sided inguinal hernia. Clinically, the child was poorly built, febrile, with pallor, edema, and lymphadenopathy. She had bilateral basal crepitations and reducible umbilical hernia. On cutaneous examination, she had generalized crusted erosions, periorbital edema, and blepharo conjunctivitis with massive submandibular and submental lymphadenopathy. Clinical differential diagnosis of severe atopic dermatitis, HIES, Wiscott Aldrich syndrome, and X-linked a gamma globulinemia were considered. Investigations revealed neutrophilic leucocytosis and elevated ESR. Absolute eosinophil count (AEC) was 1920 cells/mcl (normal AEC = 150-450 cells/mcl). Pus for culture from incision and drainage site, skin lesions, and ear discharge yielded Staphylococcus aureus. X-ray chest demonstrated right lower lobe pneumonia. X-ray thoracolumbar spine was normal. Serum IgE was 1654IU/ml (normal 100IU/ml). X-ray knee joints showed valgus deformity.

Skin biopsy findings were hyperkeratotic epidermis with dermal perivascular mononuclear infiltrate. Final diagnosis of HIES was made as our patient satisfied all criteria for diagnosis of HIES. She was treated with IV anti-staphylococcal antibiotics, Condy's compresses, oral fluconazole, and povidone iodine shampoo. The child showed good improvement.

   Discussion Top

Our patient had all the characteristic features of HIES. However, in vitro neutrophil chemotaxis test to chemoattractants like formyl methionine, leucine, and phenyl alanine (fMet, leu, phe) could not be carried out as the patient could not afford it. Nonimmunological features present in our patient included coarse facies with wide inter alar base, pathological fracture of right fibula, genu valgum and umbilical hernia.

Osteopenia with pathological fractures are seen in 60% of patients with HIES. [3] Grimbacher et al., reported genu valgum in three of their 30 patients of HIES. [4] Bochdalek hernia has been reported in Job's syndrome by Butterworth et al. [5] However, umbilical hernia has not been reported in HIES to date. These nonimmunolgical features are believed to be due to abnormal cytokine profile or mesenchymal cell defect leading to abnormal bone and connective tissue turnover. [6],[7] Thus, the presence of umbilical hernia in a classical case of HIES with inguinal hernia in younger sibling prompted us to report this case.

   References Top

1.Paler AS. Genetic immunodeficiency diseases. In: Irwin M, Freedberg M, Eisen AZ, Wolff K, Austen F, et al., editors. Fitzpatrick's dermatology in general medicine. 6 th ed. New Delhi: McGraw Hill; 2003. p. 1125-6.  Back to cited text no. 1      
2.Renner ED, Puck JM, Holland SM, Schmitt M, Weiss M, Froch M, et al. Autosomal recessive hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome: A distinct disease entity. J Pediatr 2004;144:93-9.  Back to cited text no. 2      
3.Atherton DJ, Gennery AR, Cant AJ. The neonate. In: Burns T, Breathnach S, Cox N, Griffiths C, editors. Rook's text book of dermatology. 7 th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 2004. p. 14.01-86.  Back to cited text no. 3      
4.Grimbacher B, Holland SM, Gallin JI, Greenberg F, Hill SC, Malech HL, et al. Hyper IgE syndrome with recurrent infections: An autosomal dominant multi system disorder. N Engl J Med 1999;340:692-702.  Back to cited text no. 4  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]  
5.Butterwort SA, Webber EM. Meconium thorax: A case of bochdalek hernia and cecal perforation in a neonate with Job's syndrome. J Pediatr Surg 2002;37:673-4.  Back to cited text no. 5      
6.Leung DY, Key L, Steinberg JJ, Young MC, Von Deck M, Wilkinson R, et al. Increased in vitro bone resorption by monocytes in the hyper immunoglobulin E syndrome. J Immunol 1988;140:84-8.  Back to cited text no. 6  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]  
7.Cohen-Solal M, Prieur AM, Prin L, Denne MA, Launya JM, Granulet AM, et al. Cytokine-mediated bone resorption in patients with hyper immunoglobulin E syndrome. Clin Immunol Immunpathol 1995;76:75-81.  Back to cited text no. 7      


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