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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-30  

Poikiloderma a varied presentation - Huriez syndrome

1 Departments of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Dr. B.R Ambedkar Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pathology, Dr. B.R Ambedkar Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication8-Jan-2015

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Dr. Vijayeeta Jairath
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.148929

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Huriez syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant genodermatosis characterized by the triad of congenital scleroatrophy of the distal extremities, palmoplantar keratoderma (PPK) and hypoplastic nails. We report the case of a 25 year old male, with nonfamilial Huriez syndrome.

Keywords: Nonfamilial, poikiloderma, squamous cell carcinoma

How to cite this article:
Kharge P, Fernendes C, Jairath V, Mohan M, Chandra S. Poikiloderma a varied presentation - Huriez syndrome. Indian Dermatol Online J 2015;6:27-30

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Kharge P, Fernendes C, Jairath V, Mohan M, Chandra S. Poikiloderma a varied presentation - Huriez syndrome. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Jan 27];6:27-30. Available from: https://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2015/6/1/27/148929

   Introduction Top

Huriez syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant genodermatosis first reported in two families from Northern France by Huriez et al. in 1963. [1],[2] It is characterized by the triad of congenital scleroatrophy of the distal extremities, palmoplantar keratoderma and hypoplastic nails. [1],[2],[3] The importance of early diagnosis lies in the fact that squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) arises in the scleroatrophic area in around 15% of the affected individuals, which is characterized by its early onset mostly in the third to fourth decades of life, more aggressive behavior and metastasis. [1],[3],[4],[5]

   Case Report Top

A 25-year-old male, born out of a nonconsanguineous marriage presented to the outpatient department of our hospital with complaints of pigmentation of skin, painful fissures of the hands and feet, with hypohidrosis since birth. There was tightening of skin of the distal extremities since 15 years. His family members were unaffected. There was no history of Raynaud's phenomenon, photosensitivity, growth or mental retardation, exposure to chemicals or any drugs that would be responsible for his sclerotic skin. On examination, both palms and soles had diffuse scleroatrophy with fissuring and hyperpigmentation [Figure 1]. The skin had reduced pinchability on the distal extremities with generalized atrophy, dyschromia, telangiectasia, and xerosis [Figure 2]. There was ulnar deviation at the left wrist due to contracture along the ulnar border of the palm. A raised tender nodular lesion measuring around 1 cm × 1.5 cm was present on the left thenar eminence; there was no ulceration or bleeding from the lesion [Figure 3].
Figure 1: Plantar keratoderma

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Figure 2: Genralised atrophy, dyschromia and xerosis; the hallmark features of poikiloderma

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Figure 3: Nodule over the palmar aspect of left hand (which later showed actinic keratosis)

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Nail changes were characteristic with minimal growth of the third and fifth toenail bilaterally and absence of nail of the second right toe [Figure 4]. All the finger and toenails had longitudinal ridging and discoloration. Routine blood investigations were within normal limits. Biopsy was performed from three different sites viz., the left thenar nodule, right palm and dorsal aspect of proximal third of the left forearm.
Figure 4: Hypoplastic nails with longitudinal ridging

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Excisional biopsy of the thenar nodule revealed mild hyperkeratosis with dysplasia of the basal keratinocytes and formation of small buds extending into the papillary dermis, features suggestive of actinic keratosis, which is a precursor of SCC. Biopsy of palms and soles revealed massive hyperkeratosis and acanthosis and that of the sclerosed skin on the left forearm showed acanthosis with an accentuated granular layer, orthohyperkeratosis with sparse mononuclear cell infiltrate [Figure 5]. Immunohistochemistry analysis showed a marked reduction in CD1a, Lag+ and S-100 epidermal Langerhans cells [Figure 6] and [Figure 7], which is a characteristic finding of Huriez syndrome. [6] Based on the history, clinical findings and histopathological features, we made a diagnosis of nonfamilial Huriez syndrome.
Figure 5: H and E, ×40 showing epidermal hyperkeratosis and acanthosis and dermis showing a sparse mononuclear cell infiltrate

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Figure 6: Immunohistochemical analysis showed a marked reduction in the number of S100+ epidermal Langerhans cells

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Figure 7: Immunohistochemical analysis showing marked reduction in CD1a+ epidermal Langerhans cells

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The margins of the excised nodule were free of any precursor neoplastic changes; thus, it was deemed adequate. The patient was given topical tazarotene and emollients and advised a six monthly follow-up. He has been on regular follow-up for more than three years now, and there is no other nodular eruption or growth suggestive of SCC till date.

   Discussion Top

Huriez syndrome, also referred to as sclerotylosis was first described by Huriez et al. as an autosomal dominant genodermatosis. [1],[2],[3],[4],[5] In addition to its occurrence in French patients, it has also been reported from India, Japan, Tunisia, Germany, and Italy. [3],[5] There have been only few reports about its sporadic occurrence. [3],[5],[7],[8] Ours is also a nonfamilial case of Huriez syndrome. There was no history of consanguinity, and none of the patient's parents or siblings were affected.

There is a great individual variation in the clinical manifestations of Huriez syndrome, which should be differentiated from other genodermatosis.

There is a clinical similarity with dyskeratosis congenita, which is a rare multisystem disorder with both autosomal dominant and recessive modes of inheritance, characterized by the triad of nail dystrophy, poikiloderma, and mucosal leukoplakia. Histopathology of the skin is nonspecific and includes epidermal atrophy, increased vascularity of the dermis with a sparse lymphocytic infiltrate, and pigment-laden macrophages. [9]

Rothmund-Thomson syndrome is another rare disorder characterized by photosensitivity, poikiloderma, cataract, and growth retardation. A common ocular feature seen in 73% of patients is the presence of bilateral, rapid onset (2-3 months), anterior subcapsular cataracts. SCC may arise from the involved skin over the areas of hyperkeratosis mostly in adult patients. [9]

Pigmented xerodermoid, a rare genodermatosis resembling xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), presents mostly in the first and second decades of life and is outlined by features of dryness, pigmentation and parchment-like skin, with freckle-like hyperpigmented macules on the sun exposed areas. Premalignant actinic keratoses may develop at an early age. Patients with XP under 20 years of age have a greater risk of cutaneous basal cell or SCC or malignant melanoma. [9]

The exact identification and characterization of the gene causing Huriez syndrome still remains an enigma. Deminatti et al. proposed probable linkage of the gene involved in Huriez syndrome with that of the MNSs blood group, which was later mapped to chromosome 4 (4q28-31). [10] Lee et al. localized the position of the gene to be 4q23. [4] Watanabe et al., in their study found positive staining of p53 in atypical keratinocytes in their patients and suggested that p53 mutations may be responsible for development of actinic keratoses and SCC in cases of Huriez syndrome. [5] We did not perform any genetic studies in our patient; this is one limitation of our study, but the diagnosis in Huriez syndrome was based on clinical findings, immunohistochemistry characterized by a marked reduction in CD1a, Lag+ and S-100 epidermal Langerhans cells. [6]

A multidisciplinary approach with dermatologists, geneticists and plastic surgeons is vital in addition to close medical supervision because of high cancer risks. [4] However, a close surveillance for malignancy and aggressive treatment may be necessitated. In a few cases, topical retinoids have been given. [3]

Affected individuals carry a >100-fold higher risk for the development of aggressive SCC of the skin. [11] In our patient the excision biopsy of the raised tender nodule over the left thenar eminence revealed actinic keratosis, which is a precursor of SCC. We want to emphasize the need for a high index of suspicion, early diagnosis, timely intervention and regular follow-up in such cases so as to avoid the dreaded complication of SCC.

   References Top

Huriez C, Agache P, Bombart M, Souilliart F. Spinocellular epitheliomas in congenital cutaneous atrophy in 2 families with high cancer morbidity. Bull Soc Fr Dermatol Syphiligr 1963;70:24-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
Al Aboud K, Khachemoune A. Claude Huriez and his syndrome. Skinmed 2011;9:313-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
Sekar SC, Srinivas CR. Huriez syndrome. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2008;74:409-10.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Lee YA, Stevens HP, Delaporte E, Wahn U, Reis A. A gene for an autosomal dominant scleroatrophic syndrome predisposing to skin cancer (Huriez syndrome) maps to chromosome 4q23. Am J Hum Genet 2000;66:326-30.  Back to cited text no. 4
Watanabe E, Takai T, Ichihashi M, Ueda M. A nonfamilial Japanese case of Huriez syndrome: P53 expression in squamous cell carcinoma. Dermatology 2003;207:82-4.  Back to cited text no. 5
Guerriero C, Albanesi C, Girolomoni G, De Simone C, Capizzi R, Amerio P, et al. Huriez syndrome: Case report with a detailed analysis of skin dendritic cells. Br J Dermatol 2000;143:1091-6.  Back to cited text no. 6
Vernole P, Terrinoni A, Didona B, De Laurenzi V, Rossi P, Melino G, et al. An SRY-negative XX male with Huriez syndrome. Clin Genet 2000;57:61-6.  Back to cited text no. 7
Oyama M, Mitsuhashi Y, Saito H, Nagai E, Kondoh S. A case of Huriez syndrome (abstract, in Japanese). Jpn J Dermatol 2002;112:637.  Back to cited text no. 8
Inamdar AC, Palit A. Genodermatosis. In: Valia RG, Valia AR, editors. IADVL Textbook of Dermatology. 3 rd ed. Mumbai: Hooder Bhalani Publishing House; 2010. p. 129-59.  Back to cited text no. 9
Deminatti M, Delmas-Marsalet Y, Mennecier M, Marquet S, Agache P, Huriez C. Study of a probable linkage between a genodermatosis with an autosomal dominant transmission and the MNSs blood group system. Ann Genet 1968;11:217-24.  Back to cited text no. 10
Levi F, Franceschi S, Te VC, Randimbison L, La Vecchia C. Trends of skin cancer in the Canton of Vaud, 1976-92. Br J Cancer 1995;72:1047-53.  Back to cited text no. 11


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