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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 440
Superimposed segmental manifestation of juvenile amyopathic dermatomyositis in a 9-year-old boy

1 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey
2 Department of Dermatology, Freiburg University Medical Center, Freiburg, Germany
3 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey

Date of Web Publication10-Jul-2017

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Isil Bulur
Department of Dermatology, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Osmangazi University Meselik Campus, Buyukdere 26040, Eskisehir
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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.IJD_335_16

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Dermatomyositis is a well-known autoimmune disorder. On the other hand, juvenile amyopathic dermatomyositis (JADM) occurs rather rarely. Here, we report an unusual case in a 9-year-old Turkish boy showing a unilateral linear inflammatory skin lesion that was followed, after 16 months, by the appearance of bilateral disseminated features JADM.

Keywords: Children, juvenile dermatomyositis, superimposed segmental dermatomyositis

How to cite this article:
Bulur I, Erdogan HK, Saracoglu ZN, Happle R, Canaz F. Superimposed segmental manifestation of juvenile amyopathic dermatomyositis in a 9-year-old boy. Indian J Dermatol 2017;62:440

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Bulur I, Erdogan HK, Saracoglu ZN, Happle R, Canaz F. Superimposed segmental manifestation of juvenile amyopathic dermatomyositis in a 9-year-old boy. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Aug 10];62:440. Available from:

What was known?
Cutaneous findings are usually the initial symptoms of JDM.

   Introduction Top

Superimposed segmental dermatomyositis was defined as an initial severe involvement arranged in a segmental pattern, with subsequent appearance of disseminated lesion.[1] We present a case of superimposed linear manifestation of juvenile amyopathic dermatomyositis (JADM) and emphasize that this linear presentation is usually observed as an initial finding in juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM).

   Case Report Top

A 9-year-old boy was presented to our clinic with red-white discoloration in a Blaschko-linear distribution on the left lateral forehead accompanied by mild itching which started 10 months ago. There was nothing of significance in the patient's personal and family history. The dermatological examination revealed erythematous plaque with an occasional hypopigmented appearance similar to the linear morphea that extended from the left frontal region to the scalp [Figure 1]. The histopathology of the skin biopsy from the lesion revealed interface changes in the epidermis and perivascular, perifollicular, perieccrine lymphohistiocytic infiltration in the dermis together with interstitial mucin accumulation [Figure 2]. The patient was evaluated for collagen tissue disease with the result of the biopsy, but no additional systemic or cutaneous finding was found except for the rash on the face. Full blood and biochemistry examinations were within normal limits. The sedimentation rate was 21 mm/h, C-reactive protein was 0.32 mg/dl, antinuclear antibody was positive, and anti-dsDNA was negative, while anti-Jo-1, anti-Sm, anti-SCL-70, anti-SS-A, anti-SS-B, and anti-RNP were all within normal limits. Topical steroid treatment and alternating topical pimecrolimus treatment were started as a result of this finding. The patient was admitted to our clinic with new skin lesions 16 months later after his first lesion. Dermatological examination revealed malar erythema, erythematous scaly plaques on bilateral knees, elbows and the dorsal part of the fingers, and periungual telangiectasia [Figure 3]. Although the patient had increased symptoms of diffuse muscle pain and fatigue, when systematically evaluated, no muscle involvement was found on neurological examination. Electromyography findings, muscle magnetic resonance, creatine kinase, aspartate aminotransferase, and alanine aminotransferase values were within normal limits, and the sedimentation rate was 27 mm/h and the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level was 535 U/L (240–480). The patient was diagnosed with superimposed linear manifestation of JADM with arthralgia, elevated sedimentation rate, and LDH value. Topical steroid and oral antihistamine treatment failed to improve his complaints. We have started hydroxychloroquine sulfate and systemic steroid treatment together with a topical steroid.
Figure 1: Erythematous plaque with occasional hypopigmented appearance extended from the left frontal region to the scalp

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Figure 2: (a) Skin biopsy specimen from the forehead showing atrophic, vacuolar degeneration, some somatization, and basement membrane thickening (H and E, ×200). (b) Perivascular and periadneksiyel lymphocytic inflammatory infiltrate in the dermis (H and E, ×100)

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Figure 3: (a) Malar erythema. (b) Gottron papules on dorsal hands

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   Discussion Top

JADM is a rare variant of JDM characterized by only the classical cutaneous findings of dermatomyositis without the clinical and laboratory findings of muscle involvement for at least 6 months.[2] According to the data in the literature, cutaneous findings are preliminary in initial symptoms of JDM patients.[3] Recently, JDM cases presented with initial Blaschko-linear involvement have been reported in the literature.[4],[5] These cases in the literature have been defined as superimposed segmental dermatomyositis.[1] In our patient, histopathological examination of the initial linear skin lesion was consistent with dermatomyositis. Sixteen months later, he developed malar erythema, Gottron papules, psoriasiform rash on the elbows and knees, and periungual telangiectasia which is why the case can be taken as a further example of superimposed segmental dermatomyositis as documented in several previous reports.[6],[7],[8],[9]

   Conclusion Top

It is possible to miss the diagnosis of the rare disorder of JADM with this unusual initial presentation. We think that superimposed segmental dermatomyositis is more common than previously reported. In particular, it should be borne in mind by pediatricians and pediatric dermatologists that superimposed segmental dermatomyositis is a juvenile disorder.[10]

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   References Top

Happle R. Superimposed segmental manifestation of both rare and common cutaneous disorders: A new paradigm. Actas Dermosifiliogr 2009;100 Suppl 1:77-85.  Back to cited text no. 1
Chickermane PR, Mankad D, Khubchandani RP. Disease patterns of juvenile dermatomyositis from Western India. Indian Pediatr 2013;50:961-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
Kishi T, Miyamae T, Hara R, Nakajima S, Imagawa T, Mori M, et al. Clinical analysis of 50 children with juvenile dermatomyositis. Mod Rheumatol 2013;23:311-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
Lofgren S, Mann J, White C, Krol A. Juvenile dermatomyositis presenting as an acquired inflammatory Blaschko-linear dermatosis. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011;65:e134-5.  Back to cited text no. 4
Liu B, Liu YH, Sun QN, Chen L, Liu Z, Zuo YG. Juvenile hypomyopathic dermatomyositis initiating with acquired inflammatory Blaschko-linear dermatosis. Eur J Dermatol 2014;24:395-6.  Back to cited text no. 5
Lipsker D, Lenormand C. Classification of polygenic inflammatory diseases distributed along the lines of Blaschko. Dermatology 2009;219:99-101.  Back to cited text no. 6
Takahashi Y, Murota H, Tarutani M, Sano S, Okinaga T, Tominaga K, et al. A case of juvenile dermatomyositis manifesting inflammatory epidermal nevus-like skin lesions: Unrecognized cutaneous manifestation of blaschkitis? Allergol Int 2010;59:425-8.  Back to cited text no. 7
Boente Mdel C, Nadra G, Asial R, Happle R. Pronounced linear calcinosis in a boy with mild dermatomyositis. A further possible example of superimposed segmental manifestation of a polygenic disorder. Dermatology 2009;219:155-7.  Back to cited text no. 8
Happle R. Superimposed segmental dermatomyositis: An emerging new paradigm. Eur J Dermatol 2010;20:551.  Back to cited text no. 9
Happle R. Superimposed segmental dermatomyositis is a juvenile disorder. Eur J Dermatol 2014;24:291-2.  Back to cited text no. 10

What is new?
Blaschko-linear cutaneous involvement is the initial lesion of superimposed segmental dermatomyositis


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