Indian Dermatology Online Journal

: 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 180--181

Graham–Little–Piccardi–Lasseur syndrome

Gunjan Verma 
 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Gunjan Verma
Department of Dermatology, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi 110001

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A 22-year-old male presented to us with the chief complaint of multiple pruritic follicular keratotic and spinous papules initially over wrists and forearms and neck, gradually involving the whole body, sparing face, palms, and soles since past 1 year. Over the past 3 years, the patient had noted patchy hair loss that developed and progressed slowly. On examination, sparse hair were present in axillary and pubic area and patches of scarring alopecia with shiny skin on scalp without erythema were apparent on the scalp [Figure 1]. Multiple violaceous follicular keratotic papules were present on the neck, lower back, and arms [Figure 2]. Axillary and pubic hair were sparse with a history of recurrent episodic shedding since the last 3 years [Figure 3]. The patient denied any constitutional symptom. A general physical examination and systemic examination found nothing relevant. No specific laboratory data were found. On histopathological examination (HPE) of the scalp, there was hyperkeratosis, mild acanthosis, and follicular plugging with dense perifollicular lichenoid inflammation, with vacuolar change of outer root sheath and occasional necrotic keratinocytes. Deep dermis showed perifollicular lamellar fibroplasia, collapsed fibrous sheaths, and reduction in hair follicular number [Figure 4].{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

Based on the above characteristics, clinical and HPE features, a diagnosis of Graham–Little–Piccardi–Lasseur (GLPLS) syndrome was made. GLPLS is considered as a variant of lichen planopilaris. Its exact etiology is not known, but primarily involves an immune-mediated inflammatory reaction against the bulge region of hair follicles resulting in cicatricial alopecia.[1],[2]

The disease is chronic and slowly progressive and relatively rare, most reported patients with the syndrome are middle aged postmenopausal women.[3] Only a few case reports shows male patients, which may be because of less male patient reporting to hospital. The onset of the disease occurred most commonly in postmenopausal woman and an average of 26–52 year of age in all cases were seen. In two previous case reports, GLPLS was associated with other diseases such as androngen insensitivity syndrome and atopic dermatitis.[4]

Histopathology reveals a dense perifollicular lymphocytic infiltrate thus, explaining scarring alopecia [Figure 4]. Lymphocytes extend into the basal layer and there is focal vacuolar alteration of the follicular basement membrane.[5] HPE close differentials are causes of scarring alopecia, viz. folliculitis spinulosa decalvans, discoid lupus erythematosus, and pseudopelade of brocq.

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