Indian Dermatology Online Journal

: 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1040--1041

Hidroscopy as an adjunctive tool in the assessment of borderline tuberculoid hansen's disease

Ishmeet Kaur1, Deepak Jakhar2, Rachita Misri2,  
1 Department of Dermatology, Consultant Dermatologist, Kaya Skin Clinic, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Dermatology, North Delhi Municipal Corporation Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Deepak Jakhar
H. No.-82, V.P.O Goyla Khurd, New Delhi - 110 071

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Kaur I, Jakhar D, Misri R. Hidroscopy as an adjunctive tool in the assessment of borderline tuberculoid hansen's disease.Indian Dermatol Online J 2020;11:1040-1041

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Kaur I, Jakhar D, Misri R. Hidroscopy as an adjunctive tool in the assessment of borderline tuberculoid hansen's disease. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 16 ];11:1040-1041
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A 50-year-old female presented with two erythematous, scaly, and hypoesthetic plaques over the face for last 1 year [Figure 1]. Nerve to patch was absent and right ulnar was thickened and tender. Rest of the mucocutaneous examination was noncontributory. Dermoscopy [Dinolite AM413ZT; polarizing video dermatoscope] of the plaque above the right eyebrow at polarizing mode showed yellow-orange background, yellow discrete areas, telangiectasia, and reduced hair follicles [Figure 2]a. Non-polarizing videodermoscopy was performed to assess the functioning of sweat glands and showed reduced sweat droplets [Figure 2]b as compared to normal skin (after 30 s) [Figure 2]c. Histopathology showed abundant tuberculoid granulomas with giant cells and lymphocytes, confirming the diagnosis of borderline tuberculoid Hansen's disease [Figure 2]d.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

Hidroscopy, described by Jakhar and Kaur,[1] is an in-vivo videodermoscopy of the sweat glands.[2] Videodermoscopy of the sweat glands can be used as an adjunctive tool to assess in-vivo sweat production in a borderline tuberculoid (BT) Hansen's plaque. The sweat is better appreciable in non-polarizing light as compared to polarizing light.[1],[2] Using the non-polarizing mode active sweating can be appreciated. Due to the involvement of autonomic nervous system in leprosy, sweat gland functioning is reduced. The same can be documented through hidroscopy. Dermoscopy of BT Hansen's disease shows white areas, yellow globules, decreased hair density, decreased white dots, and telangiectasia.[3] Our case showed similar features on polarizing dermoscopy. The yellow areas on histopathology represent granuloma.[3]

To conclude, the utility of hidroscopy in the assessment of leprosy is highlighted in the present case study.

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