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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 272-273  

Epidermolytic nevus: An instance of mosaic epidermolytic ichthyosis

1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapur, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Date of Web Publication9-Mar-2020

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Arun C Inamadar
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapur - 586 103, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_254_19

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Adya KA, Inamadar AC, Janagond AB, Palit A. Epidermolytic nevus: An instance of mosaic epidermolytic ichthyosis. Indian Dermatol Online J 2020;11:272-3

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Adya KA, Inamadar AC, Janagond AB, Palit A. Epidermolytic nevus: An instance of mosaic epidermolytic ichthyosis. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Jan 25];11:272-3. Available from: https://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2020/11/2/272/276566

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A 16-year-old girl presented with an asymptomatic localized pigmented scaly lesion on her back since birth. Clinical examination revealed brown adherent thick scales and verrucous papules involving the right scapular region in a Blashkoid distribution measuring approximately 5 cm × 5 cm [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. The patient was born to a nonconsanguineous marriage, and there was no family history of similar complaints. Histopathological examination revealed prominent hyperkeratosis, hypergranulosis, acanthosis, and areas of vacuolar epidermal disintegration, especially involving the upper Malphigian layer [Figure 3]. Closer view of the degenerate areas showed keratinocytes with perinuclear vacuoles and large clumped keratohyalin granules [Figure 4]. Based on the clinical and histological features, a diagnosis of mosaic form of epidermolytic ichthyosis was established.
Figure 1: Brown adherent scaly plaque about 5 cm × 5 cm involving the right scapular area in a Blashkoid distribution

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Figure 2: Close-up view of the lesion showing verrucous papules and adherent brown scales

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Figure 3: Prominent hyperkeratosis, hypergranulosis, and acanthosis are seen with foci of upper epidermal disintegration (yellow arrows). [H and E, Original magnification ×10]

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Figure 4: High power view showing vacuolar degeneration of the keratinocytes, perinuclear vacuoles (white arrows), and prominent intracellular keratohyalin granules (red arrows). [H and E, Original magnification x40]

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Epidermolytic ichthyosis is an autosomal dominant disorder of keratinization due to mutation in the genes KRT1 and KRT10 encoding cytokeratins 1 and 10. The disease manifests at birth with skin fragility and is characterized by generalized erythema, blistering, and erosions (hence previously known as congenital bullous ichthyosiform erythroderma). With age, the disease tends to localize predominantly at the flexures and sites of trauma as hyperkeratotic yellow-brown plaques or corrugated thick scales with palmoplantar keratoderma. Histopathology is characterized by prominent hyperkeratosis together with disintegration of the epidermis (epidermolytic hyperkeratosis) with the cells typically exhibiting perinuclear vacuoles and clumped keratohyalin granules.[1],[2]

Mosaic forms of the disease can occur due to post-zygotic somatic mutations and are referred to as “epidermolytic nevi” due to resemblance with linear epidermal nevi. Type 1 mosaicism, wherein one allele of the gene is mutated produces the classical mosaic form of the disease as in this case. Type 2 mosaicism affects the heterozygous carriers (having a milder generalized form of the disease) and is manifested as a more severe and early-onset disease. The diagnosis is established by typical histological features as described above.[1],[2]

Although the mosaic forms (especially like the ones described in this instance) do not pose any major management issues, they are of important clinical relevance when the mosaicism also involves the gonadal cells. In such circumstances, the genetic defect can be transmitted to the offspring who will manifest a full blown disease.[3],[4],[5],[6] The case discussed here is a more localized and limited form of the disease in comparison to the ones described in the literature.[3],[4],[5],[6] Nonetheless, it may be well advised to histologically analyze all the cases of linear epidermal nevi routinely to look for associated epidermolytic hyperkeratosis and the clinical implications associated with such a finding, especially in widespread lesions.[4]

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