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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-116  

Olmsted syndrome with lateral supraciliary madarosis and clubbing: A rare case report

Department of Skin and V.D, Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India

Date of Web Publication19-Mar-2018

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Md Zeeshan
Department of Skin and V.D, Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar
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DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_95_17

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Olmsted syndrome (OS) is a rare congenital, mutilating palmoplantar keratoderma first described by Olmsted in 1927. It starts in the neonatal period or in childhood, and has a slow but progressive disabling course. We report the case of a 16-year-old boy who presented with keratoderma of the palm and soles since childhood with lateral supraciliary madarosis and clubbing. The patient was started on oral retinoids and topical keratolytics and had partial improvement in 2 months. Keratoderma of the palms and soles along with lateral supraciliary madarosis and clubbing in our case is a very rare finding, and to the best of our knowledge, has not been reported so far.

Keywords: Clubbing, madarosis, Olmsted syndrome, palmoplantar keratoderma

How to cite this article:
Zeeshan M, Jha AK, Chaudhary R. Olmsted syndrome with lateral supraciliary madarosis and clubbing: A rare case report. Indian Dermatol Online J 2018;9:114-6

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Zeeshan M, Jha AK, Chaudhary R. Olmsted syndrome with lateral supraciliary madarosis and clubbing: A rare case report. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Dec 5];9:114-6. Available from: https://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2018/9/2/114/227800

   Introduction Top

Olmsted syndrome (OS) is a rare congenital disorder of keratinization characterized by symmetrical sharply defined mutilating palmoplantar keratoderma.[1] Classically, it is characterized by bilateral mutilating palmoplantar keratoderma (PPK) with periorificial keratotic plaques, however, it shows high clinical variability.[2] There is a paucity of literature on this rare syndrome with thin and sparse eyebrows.[3] We report a case of OS who had clubbing and lateral supraciliary madarosis.

   Case Report Top

A 16-year-old boy presented with complaints of thickening of palms and soles since the age of 2 months. He also suffered fromrecurrent episodes of papular lesions with fissuring at the angle of mouth and gradual thinning of lateral eyebrows [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. The child was born to nonconsanguineous parents and there was no history of similar disease in the family. On examination, the patient was of short stature with normal physical and mental development. There was no evidence of any associated systemic disease. On cutaneous examination, diffuse bilateral symmetrical, dirty, yellowish, heaped-up, fissured hyperkeratotic plaques were present on both palms and soles [Figure 2]. The keratotic plaques were tender on palpation. Hyperkeratotic scaly plaques were also present on the dorsum of hand [Figure 3]. The fingers and toes showed fixed flexion deformity. The 5th toes were amputated due to constriction bands previously. Clubbing was present in all fingers [Figure 3]. Examination of the scalp hair, teeth, eyes, and joints were normal. Routine laboratory tests and serum zinc level were all within normal range. Slit smear examination for acid fast bacilli was negative.
Figure 1: (a) Lateral supraciliary madarosis; (b) periorificial keratotic papules

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Figure 2: Palmoplantar keratoderma

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Figure 3: Hyperkeratotic scaly plaques on the dorsum of hands along with clubbing

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The patient was prescribed capsule acitretin (0.5 mg/kg/day) along with topical keratolytics (20% urea cream) and emollients. There was partial improvement after 8 weeks and the patient was able to walk [Figure 4].
Figure 4: Partial improvement 2 months posttreatment

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   Discussion Top

OS was first described in 1927 by Olmsted as a combination of congenital palmoplantar keratoderma, and periorificial hyperkeratosis.[1] A review article by Duchatelet et al. reported a total 73 OS cases worldwide until December 1, 2014.[4]

Although autosomal dominant, recessive and X-linked inheritance has been reported, most cases are sporadic. Mutation in TRPV3 (Transient receptor potential vanilloid-3) on chromosomal region 17p13 has been reported in most OS patients. Mutations in MBTPS2 (membrane-bound transcription factor protease, site 2) gene encoding a zinc metalloprotease has also been reported in recessive X-linked OS.

The disease starts in the neonatal period or childhood and has a slow but progressive and disabling course.[5] Palmoplantar keratoderma may lead to flexion deformity and spontaneous amputation of the fingers.[5] Our patient also had keratoderma on the palms and soles which gradually progressed as painful, massive, hyperkeratotic fissured plaques with flexion deformities of digits and ultimately leading to amputation of bilateral 5th toes.

Most OS patients presented with hair abnormalities including alopecia (diffuse, universal, or patchy), hypotrichosis, sparse, thinning, curly, woolly, coarse, dry, or easily broken hair.[4] Madarosis had also been reported in earlier few studies.[3] Though our patient had no scalp hair abnormalities on dermoscopy and microscopic hair examination, he had supraciliary lateral madarosis.

Nail changes such as dystrophic, lustreless, ridged, rough nails, abnormal curvatures, hyperkeratosis, onychogryphosis, onycholysis, subungual hyperkeratosis, and even absence of nails are often seen in OS patients.[2],[6]

Short stature in our patient may be due to delayed physical development, as described earlier in OS patients.[2] Our patient seems to be of normal intelligence as that reported by Poulin et al.[7]

There is no satisfactory treatment of OS. Topical therapy with keratolytics, retinoids, wet dressing, and emollients give little relief.[1],[7] Systemic retinoids has been reported to result in partial improvement but is ineffective in arresting the progressive course.[8] Our patient had temporary relief with capsule acitretin (0.5 mg/kg/day) along with topical keratolytics (20% urea cream) and emollients. For nonresponsive patients, surgical removal of hyperkeratotic plaque followed by skin grafting has been tried.[9]

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   References Top

Olmsted HC. Keratoderma palmaris et plantaris congenitalis: Report of a case showing associated lesions of unusual location. Am J Dis Child 1927;33:757-64.  Back to cited text no. 1
Tao J, Huang CZ, Yu NW, Wu Y, Liu YQ, Li Y, et al. Olmsted syndrome: A case report and review of literature. Int J Dermatol 2008;47:432-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
Cambiaghi S, Tadini G, Barbareschi M, Caputo R. Olmsted syndrome in twins. Arch Dermatol 1995;131:738-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Duchatelet S, Hovnanian A. Olmsted syndrome: Clinical, molecular and therapeutic aspects. Orphanet J Rare Dis 2015;10:33.  Back to cited text no. 4
Fonseca E, PeËœna C, Del Pozo J, Almagro M, Yebra MT, Cuevas J, et al. Olmsted syndrome. J Cutan Pathol 2001;28:271-5.  Back to cited text no. 5
Dogra D, Ravindraprasad JS, Khanna N, Pandhi RK. Olmsted syndrome with hypotrichosis. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1997;63:120-2.  Back to cited text no. 6
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Poulin Y, Perry HO, Muller SA. Olmsted syndrome: Congenital palmoplantar and periorificial keratoderma. J Am Acad Dermatol 1984;10:600-10.  Back to cited text no. 7
Tang L, Zhang L, Ding H, Wang X, Wang H. Olmsted syndrome: A new case complicated with easily broken hair and treated with oral retinoid. J Dermatol 2012;39:816-7.  Back to cited text no. 8
Bedard MS, Powell J, Laberge L, Allard-Dansereau C, Bortoluzzi P, Marcoux D. Palmoplantar keratoderma and skin grafting: postsurgical long-term follow-up of two cases with Olmsted syndrome. Pediatr Dermatol 2008;25:223-9.  Back to cited text no. 9


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