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EDITORIAL Dirt, Dirt Everywhere: Nary a Drop to Clean Parish and Wolf
COMMENTARIES Psoriasis of the Lips: An Uncommon Presentation of a Common Dermatologic Condition Blankinship, Tejasvi, and Ellis
Burning Mouth Syndrome Pigatto and Guzzi
ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTIONS A Comparison of the Tolerability of Adapalene 0.1% Cream and Adapalene 0.1% Lotion in Healthy Individuals Herndon, Stephens, Trookman, Rizer, Preston, Caveney, and Gottschalk
Occupational Dermatitis in Workers Exposed to Detergents, Disinfectants, and Antiseptics Loddé, Paul, Roguedas-Contios, Eniafe-Eveillard, Misery, and Dewitte
Perturbation of Cell Cycle Expression in Keloid Fibroblast
DEPARTMENTS PERILS OF DERMATOPATHOLOGY “I Always Read My Own Slides.” “I Never Read My Own Slides.” McDonough, Castilla, Tumer, Lambert, and Lambert
HISTORICAL VIGNETTE Pellagra Steffen
PHOTO CAPSULES Mycetoma Dlova and Mosam
CASE STUDIES Exclusive Plaque Psoriasis of the Lips: Efficacy of Combination Therapy of Topical Tacrolimus, Calcipotriol, and Betamethasone Dipropionate Sehgal, Sehgal, Verma, Singh, and Rasool
“Eruptive” Facial Syringomas: An Inflammatory Skin Reaction? Husein-ElAhmed, Aneiros-Fernandez, and Aneiros-Cachaza
Verrucous Carcinoma of the Tongue Vilela, Trope, Gurfinkel, Piñeiro-Maceira, and Ramos-e-Silva
Javad, Marriage, Bayat, and Day
REVIEWS Paget’s Disease of the Breast Marques-Costa, Cuzzi, Carneiro, Parish, and Ramos-e-Silva
Diagnosis and Treatment of Calciphylaxis Ong and Coulson
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TABLE OF CONTENTS May/June 2012 • Volume 10 • Issue 3
EDITORIAL Dirt, Dirt Everywhere: Nary a Drop to Clean ................................................................................................. 126 Lawrence Charles Parish, MD, MD (Hon); Ronni Wolf, MD
COMMENTARIES Psoriasis of the Lips: An Uncommon Presentation of a Common Dermatologic Condition ............................... 130 Michael J. Blankinship, MD, PhD; Trilokraj Tejasvi, MD; Charles N. Ellis, MD
Burning Mouth Syndrome ............................................................................................................................ 134 Paolo D. Pigatto, MD; Gianpaolo Guzzi, DDS
ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTIONS A Comparison of the Tolerability of Adapalene 0.1% Cream and Adapalene 0.1% Lotion in Healthy Individuals .................................................................................................................................. 136 James H. Herndon, Jr, MD; Thomas J. Stephens, PhD; Nathan S. Trookman, MD; Ronald L. Rizer, PhD; Norman Preston, PhD; Scott Caveney, MD, PhD; Ronald W. Gottschalk, MD
Occupational Dermatitis in Workers Exposed to Detergents, Disinfectants, and Antiseptics ............................ 144 Brice Loddé, MD; Marianne Paul, MD; Anne-Marie Roguedas-Contios, MD; Moriamo Ola Bisi Eniafe-Eveillard, MD; Laurent Misery, MD, PhD; Jean-Dominique Dewitte, MD, PhD
Perturbation of Cell Cycle Expression in Keloid Fibroblast ............................................................................ 152 Farzad Javad, BSc, MSc; Fiona Marriage, BSc, MSc; Ardeshir Bayat, BSc, MBBS, MRCS, PhD; Philip J. R. Day, BSc, MSc, PhD, FRSC, FSB
REVIEWS Paget’s Disease of the Breast ...................................................................................................................... 160 Juliana Corrêa Marques-Costa, MD; Tullia Cuzzi, MD, PhD; Sueli Carneiro, MD, PhD; Lawrence Charles Parish, MD, MD (Hon); Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD Self-Test Review Questions (p. 165)
Diagnosis and Treatment of Calciphylaxis .................................................................................................... 166 Suyin Ong, BSc, MBBChir, MSc, MRCP; I.H. Coulson, BSc, MBBS, FRCP
DEPARTMENTS PERILS OF DERMATOPATHOLOGY W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD, Section Editor “I Always Read My Own Slides.” “I Never Read My Own Slides.” .................................................................... 172 Patrick McDonough, BA; Carmen Castilla, BS; Gizem Tumer, MD; Phelps J. Lambert, BA, MS; W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD
HISTORICAL VIGNETTE Charles Steffen, MD, Section Editor Pellagra...................................................................................................................................................... 174 Charles Steffen, MD
PHOTO CAPSULES Ncoza C. Dlova, MBChB, FCDerm, Section Editor Mycetoma .................................................................................................................................................. 181 Ncoza C. Dlova, MBChB, FCDerm; Anisa Mosam, MBChB, FCDerm
TABLE OF CONTENTS May/June 2012 • Volume 10 • Issue 3
CASE STUDIES Vesna Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc, Section Editor
Exclusive Plaque Psoriasis of the Lips: Efficacy of Combination Therapy of Topical Tacrolimus, Calcipotriol, and Betamethasone Dipropionate ............................................................................................. 183 Virendra N. Sehgal, MD; Shruti Sehgal, MDS; Prashant Verma, MD; Navjeevan Singh, MD; Farhan Rasool, MD
“Eruptive” Facial Syringomas: An Inflammatory Skin Reaction?..................................................................... 186 Husein Husein-ElAhmed, MD; J. Aneiros-Fernandez, MD; J. Aneiros-Cachaza, MD Verrucous Carcinoma of the Tongue ............................................................................................................ 188 Fernanda Aguiar Santos Vilela, MD; Beatriz Moritz Trope, MD, PhD; Paula Cabral Menezes Gurfinkel, MD; Juan Manuel Piñeiro-Maceira, MD, PhD; Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD
CORRESPONDENCE Alcohol-Based Disinfectants ........................................................................................................................ 192 F. William Danby, MD, FRCPC
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Dirt, Dirt Everywhere: Nary a Drop to Clean Lawrence Charles Parish, MD, MD (Hon);1 Ronni Wolf, MD2
irt is everywhere. We wash our dirty hands. We use dirt in which to grow vegetables. If we use too many dirty words, we might have our mouths washed out with soap. If we do not wash behind our ears, there could just be enough dirt for growing carrots. And, a wound that becomes infected is dirty.
items of clothing. The same goes for mobile phones and touch screens. These contaminated objects have been suggested as vectors or possible vectors for transmission of nosocomial pathogens from health care workers to patients and from one patient to another.3 DIRT AND DERMATOLOGY
THE DIRT EXHIBIT A recent exhibit at the Wellcome Collection in London was entitled The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life: Dirt.1 This extraordinary presentation pictured a panorama of dirt from street dirt to filthy clothes (Figure 1). There were illustrations of sanitation workers disinfecting a city street to eliminate cholera, posters advertising soap and how to use a cleaning agent not only to rid the body of filth but also to make the home “spic and span,” and photographs of mud wrestling, all of which pointed toward the old adage, “cleanliness is next to godliness.” Health is intertwined with corralling dirt. Take, for example, the development of sewers to make cities healthier and less filthy, or prostitutes being forced to clean city streets in Switzerland as penance (Figure 2). The International Hygiene Exhibition in Dresden, Germany, in 1911 led to the development of a museum that focused on cleanliness, as a “public venue for health care education.” Water, itself, can be contaminated and cause more harm than good (Figure 3). DIRT AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL As for medical personnel and the hospital environment, that represents a totally different kettle of fish. Nosocomial infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms are growing problems in many health care institutions. Colonization of potentially pathogenic organisms on various objects, such as pagers, mobile phones, keyboards, clothing of the hospital staff, nurses’ uniforms, and even the white coats of physicians have been repeatedly reported.2 The neckties traditionally worn by doctors have recently attracted attention because, in most cases, they are rarely cleaned and, therefore, might carry more bacteria than other
Skin disease is frequently associated with dirt. Scabies and pediculosis are considered preventable, if the patient were only clean. Patients with atopic dermatitis or stasis ulcers might not have problems if the skin were made dirt-free, or maybe not. There is a school of thought that supposes that eating dirt may even be helpful in reducing atopic dermatitis.4 Additionally, those filthy maggots may be beneficial in treating leg wounds.5 Of course, sexually transmitted diseases would not exist, except for dirty sexual proclivities. Skin shedding and its accumulation have been explored from the psychological point of view, as well. If the skin were kept clean, then the sebaceous glands might not be covered with debris that dirt could affect, and acne might be minimal. Warning the adolescent not to touch the pimples may connote that this sebaceous gland disorder is somehow associated with dirt.6 A review of the literature has called attention to dermatitis neglecta, where the debris mimicked a nevus.7,8 A 13-year-old girl presented with brownish pigmentation surrounding the areola of both nipples. Until the areas were washed with alcohol, the crusts, being made up of stratum corneum being shed and moistened with sebum and perspiration, looked just like a nevus. Recently, there has been renewed attention drawn to a condition called terra firme-forme dermatosis (TFFD), first described a few decades ago and most likely the same as dermatitis neglecta.9 The entity, also known as Duncan’s dirty dermatosis in honor of the first dermatologist to describe the entity,10 is characterized by brownish black debris smattered on the skin. TFFD is frequently localized to the trunk, where the differential diagnosis may include confluent and reticulated
From the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology and the Jefferson Center for International Dermatology, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA;1 and the Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, Rechovot, Israel. Affiliated to The School of Medicine, Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem2 Address for Correspondence: Lawrence Charles Parish, MD, MD (Hon), 1760 Market Street, Suite 301, Philadelphia, PA 19103 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Figure 1. View of the Great Dustheap Kings’s Cross, Battle Bridge, 1837, from the Maiden Lane (the present York Road). It was removed in 1848 to assist in rebuilding the city of Moscow, Russia. With permission from the Wellcome Collection, London.
Figure 2. The morality police in action. With permission from the Wellcome Collection, London.
Figure 3. A panorama of dirty water. With permission from the Wellcome Collection, London.
dermatosis of Gougerot and Carteaud, or the neck, where it mimics acanthosis nigricans. It also has been found on the ankles, knees, pubis, axillae, and elbows. When TFFD SKINmed. 2012;10:126–128
presents as small areas on the scalp, it has been confused with seborrheic keratoses or even pigmented basal cell carcinomas. Histologic examination of TFFD shows “prominent lamellar
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hyperkeratosis with focal areas having compact orthokeratosis arranged in whorls.”11 This embarrassing condition often does not seem to be removed by soap and water, but light rubbing with an isopropyl alcohol pad removes the unwanted material and returns the skin to its natural appearance (Figure 4). TFFD can afflict all age groups, although it may be more common in children. It does not have a gender predilection, and this dirty condition is not associated with any underlying disease.
CONCLUSIONS Dirt may not be the root of all evil, and it may have little effect on most dermatologic entities. Keeping clean may be only esthetic, but it beats being thought of as dirty. REFERENCES
Figure 4. The dirty debris of terra firme-forme dermatosis found on the legs of a 52-year-old man who has chronic stasis dermatitis. Note the area cleared by wiping vigorously with alcohol.
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Psoriasis of the Lips: An Uncommon Presentation of a Common Dermatologic Condition Michael J. Blankinship, MD, PhD;1 Trilokraj Tejasvi, MD;1 Charles N. Ellis, MD1,2
soriasis is a common disease encountered in dermatology practices. In addition to the classic plaque variant, it has a variety of presentations, including guttate, pustular, sebopsoriasis, and erythrodermic.1 Despite the often widespread nature of this condition, affecting the scalp, trunk, extremities, nails, and, less commonly, the face and genitalia, lesions affecting the lips and oral mucosa are uncommon.1,2 Fissured tongue and geographic tongue are the most common clinical presentations of oral psoriasis.3–6 Psoriatic involvement of the lips is a very rare presentation, with only a handful of cases reported in the literature.7–11 Lip involvement can be associated with other cutaneous and/or oral lesions of psoriasis, or can be the sole presentation of psoriasis.10 CLINICAL FINDINGS In the current issue, Sehgal and colleagues12 report a case of lip psoriasis in a 16-year-old woman who had fissuring and f laking lips for approximately 6 years. Clinical and pathologic investigations led to a diagnosis of psoriasis affecting the lips. In her case, the lips were affected exclusively. Although there were no other physical symptoms or cutaneous manifestations, her lip psoriasis was associated with significant psychiatric morbidity and profound negative effects on her emotional and social quality of life. Her initial presentation was related to chewing a dish made of salted and roasted corn. This potentially irritating substance suggests the possibility of Koebnerization, similar to a presentation in a case caused by protruding teeth.7 Although prior topical and systemic treatments were ineffective, the young woman in Sehgal’s paper was treated to excellent effect with a combination of topical tacrolimus, calcipotriene, and betamethasone dipropionate. The patient in Sehgal’s paper received a dose of oral f luconazole due to concern of possible concomitant fungal infection; however, her clinical presentation was likely the result of psoriasis alone. Loose, thick scale around the mouth might be colonized coincidentally with bacteria and fungi, a finding that may be
observed incidentally on histology. We believe that further investigation for infection is not needed if the diagnosis of psoriasis can be made. Despite the rarity of this condition, we have recently consulted on a similar case. A 20-year-old man presented with 18 months of crusting, peeling lips. He attributed the onset of his disease to exuberant rubbing of his lips during a basketball game secondary to an unusual “burning and tingling” sensation; there was no other identifiable antecedent event or medical or environmental exposure. Within 2 weeks, he developed exuberant yellow-white scale affecting the entirety of both lips. He initially attempted to treat this with self-debridement and moisturization, to no effect. He was then evaluated by multiple physicians, including his primary care physician and a dermatologist, who prescribed a variety of oral and topical steroids, antifungals, and antivirals, all to minimal or no effect. Our patient underwent an incisional biopsy of the lower lip that was interpreted as actinic cheilitis, prompting referral to us for further evaluation and treatment. Our clinical evaluation demonstrated minimal edema and minor erythema of the lips, with striking crusting and peeling of a yellow-white, plate-like scale (Figure). The scale was easily dislodged without pain and, with the exception of the minimal edema and erythema, the underlying lip was normal in appearance. The typical irregular, thin scale of actinic cheilitis at the vermillion border was absent; further, the patient was African American and only 20 years old, making actinic cheilitis an unlikely diagnosis. Subsequently, we obtained the outside histopathology, which was interpreted as showing parakeratotic scale and psoriasiform epithelial hyperplasia without evidence of actinic cheilitis. RECOMMENDATIONS We proposed a diagnosis of psoriasis involving only the lips. We prescribed treatment with combination calcipotriene 0.005%
From the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan;1 and the Dermatology Service, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan2 Address for Correspondence: Charles N. Ellis, MD, Department of Dermatology, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, SPC 5314, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5314 • E-mail: email@example.com
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COMMENTARY Given the rarity of this condition, the prevalence, distribution, natural history, and most effective treatments are unknown. Lip psoriasis is worsened by cold or dry weather, physical manipulation such as lip biting and exuberant rubbing, and by irritating substances, suggesting the Koebner phenomenon.9,11 Although the two patients presented in this issue were relatively young, lip involvement has been described in patients from the second to seventh decade of life.9,14 This condition occurs in a variety of populations; patients have been reported in Russia, Europe, America, India, and Turkey.7–11,14
Figure. Extensive psoriatic involvement of the lips. Both lips are affected by extensive yellow-white, plate-like scale. There is minimal edema and erythema of the lips, which were not tender or painful. Debridement of the scale demonstrated an otherwise normal lip surface (seen on right lower lip).
and betamethasone dipropionate 0.064% ointment applied twice a day for 2 weeks, followed by 6 weeks of twice-a-day usage on Mondays and Thursdays; this regimen was repeated as disease activity required. We also prescribed tacrolimus 0.1% ointment twice a day on other days. He used white petrolatum as needed for moisturization and as a barrier. Additionally, we asked him to reduce physical manipulation of the lips and to use Biotene dental care products (GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC). He initially had excellent resolution of his disease; however, the condition currently has a waxing and waning course, worsened by cold or dry weather and physical manipulation, such as lip licking and biting. He has had significant improvement overall and is happy with his treatment. Oral involvement of psoriasis is rare, and, with the inclusion of the two cases in this issue, only 6 patients presenting exclusively with lip involvement have been reported, two of whom went on to develop lesions elsewhere.8,9,11,13 Although rare, lip psoriasis has a striking clinical presentation (see Figure and clinical photos in Sehgal et al).
Although this condition is apparently unresponsive to mild topical steroids such as those frequently prescribed for the lips, it frequently responds well to more potent steroids.8,9 Additionally, the use of topical vitamin D analogues and tacrolimus has been beneficial, as reported by Sehgal. Our patient had suboptimal response to topical clobetasol alone, but he had an excellent response to a treatment regimen of calcipotriene-betamethasone and tacrolimus. CONCLUSIONS Psoriasis should be in the differential diagnosis of lip lesions presenting with fissuring and scale, especially in the setting of a personal or family history of psoriasis, although these are not always present. Clinical suspicion is required to detect this disease because it may be confused with more common conditions, such as candidiasis, irritant or actinic cheilitis, bacterial infection, or atopic dermatitis. Disclosures: This paper is supported by alumni donations to the University of Michigan Department of Dermatology. The authors declare that they have no significant conflicts of interest relating to the material presented in this manuscript. REFERENCES
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Burning Mouth Syndrome Paolo D. Pigatto, MD;1 Gianpaolo Guzzi, DDS2
urning mouth syndrome (BMS) consists of chronic pain and/ or a burning sensation of the oral cavity but with no clinically visible lesions. It is the most common disesthesic pain of middle-aged adults, with a marked female predominance. The tip of the tongue is the most frequently affected site in patients with BMS, accounting for two-thirds of cases. The lips may also be involved in burning mouth disorders, especially the lower lip. These symptoms can last for years, and spontaneous resolution is exceedingly rare. It is almost fully resistant to few currently available (drug) treatments. CLINICAL FEATURES OF BMS: DEFINITION AND CLASSIFICATION
previous dental treatments.2,3 It is also thought to be associated with both peripheral neuropathy5 and central nervous system disturbances.6 In our view, direct exposure to metal antigens7 (eg, mercury, palladium, gold, silver, and chromium) released from dental metal alloys may trigger neurogenic inflammation8 in individuals who are predisposed to allergy to metals. Although local factors have been suspected to be the cause, this has been difficult to document. The risk factors for BMS are postmenopausal age, anxiety, depression, and previous dental treatments. From a dermatologic point of view, BMS may be the first sign of oral lichen planus in some patients (Figure). INVESTIGATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF BMS
BMS is clinically defined as a painful and burning (intraoral) sensation of the tongue, even if these symptoms occur simultaneously in other parts of oral mucous membrane.1 BMS is frequently associated with symptoms such as sensation of dry mouth (xerostomia) and increased thirst. Some patients with BMS may experience an intraoral itchy sensation (allokinesis). Taste disturbances (dysgeusia) are often, but not always, reported. Although there are many ways of classing the syndrome, BMS is usually classified according to Lamey’s criteria on clinical grounds.2 BMS type 1 involves symptoms that worsen throughout the day, BMS type 2 includes persistent symptoms during the day, and BMS type 3 involves intermittent pain and symptom-free days.2 The average age at the diagnosis of BMS is approximately 60 years. Currently, the risk of BMS is more than 2 times as high among women as men (ratio of women/men ranges from a low of 3:1 to a high of 15:1). A conservative estimated prevalence of BMS has been reported to be 5% (range from 2% to 15%) with a peak in the fifth and sixth decades of life.3,4 At this time, there is no evidence of racial or ethnic background differences. The diagnosis of many cases of BMS is frequently delayed or even missed because symptoms overlap with those of more common oral diseases. Spontaneous complete remission of BMS is known to occur but is rare.3,4
The most consistent immunologic abnormality associated with BMS is rheumatoid factor and autoimmunity as manifested by a rise in titers of autoantibodies to nuclear and nucleolar antigen. Thus, underlying rheumatologic conditions should be ruled out on presentation and follow-up.9 B12 deficiency and plasma holotranscobalamin along with plasma homocysteine should be assessed and corrected (when possible).10 Serologic testing for celiac disease should be performed to exclude this autoimmune enteropathy as well as gluten sensitivity, because both may cause small fiber neuropathy. Patients should visit their dentist to explore possible local factors and, in particular, rule out local toxicity as well as allergic sensitization caused by dental alloys. Some patients (about 5%) in our retrospective cohort study, received an initial diagnosis of BMS a few months before cancer diagnosis.11–13 Another concurrent disease associated with BMS is monoclonal gammopathy.11 From a dermatologic viewpoint, on the basis of our experience, BMS has been associated with various skin manifestations in adults such as oral lichen planus, systemic contact dermatitis, and baboon syndrome.3,14 In our view, BMS should not be classified as a psychogenic and/or somatoform disorder given that clear organic causes can almost always be identified.15
Patients should optimize their oral health and avoid alcohol and cigarette smoke. They should visit their dentist to explore possible local factors into their oral cavity and in particular rule out local toxicity as well as allergic sensitization caused by dental alloys.
Our understanding of the cause and pathogenesis of BMS is largely unknown, although many hypotheses have been advanced including those involving postmenopausal state, anxiety, depression, and
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From the Department of Technology for Health, Dermatological Clinic, IRCCS Galeazzi Hospital, University of Milan,1 and the Italian Association for Metals and Biocompatibility Research – A.I.R.M.E.B.,2 Milan, Italy Address for Correspondence: Paolo D. Pigatto, MD, Department of Technology for Health, Dermatological Clinic, IRCCS Galeazzi Hospital, University of Milan, Milan 20161, Italy • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Figure. Oral lichen planus (OLP) arising from buccal mucosa in a patient with burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Images of right buccal mucosa obtained in a patient who received a clinical diagnosis of BMS (type 1) in July 2004 (panels A and B). At that time, no visible signs of oral disease were observed. In April 2007, (panels C and D) the same patient developed OLP. OLP can develop before, concurrently with, or months after the diagnosis of BMS.
Various local drug treatments are not effective. As supportive measures, two of the preferred drugs include pregabalin and amilsulpride.16 These drugs have some value in alleviating BMS symptoms.
Guarneri F, Guarneri C, Marini H. Contribution of neuroinflammation in burning mouth syndrome: indications from benzodiazepine use. Dermatol Ther. 2008;21 suppl 2:S21–S24.
Grushka M, Shupak R, Sessle BJ. A rheumatological examination of 27 patients with burning mouth syndrome (BMS). J Dent Res. 1986;26:533.
10 De Giuseppe R, Novembrino C, Guzzi G, Pigatto PD, Bamonti F. Burning mouth syndrome and vitamin B12 deficiency. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2011;25:869–870.
Merskey H, Bogduk N. Descriptions of chronic pain syndromes and definitions of pain terms. In: Classification of Chronic Pain. 2nd ed. Seattle, WA: IASP Press; 1994:74.
Lamey PJ. Burning mouth syndrome. Dermatol Clin. 1996;14:339–354.
Klasser GD, Fischer DJ, Epstein JB. Burning mouth syndrome: recognition, understanding, and management. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2008;20:255–271.
Bergdahl M, Bergdahl J. Burning mouth syndrome: prevalence and associated factors. J Oral Pathol Med. 1999;28:350–354.
Lauria G, Majorana A, Borgna M, et al. Trigeminal small-fiber sensory neuropathy causes burning mouth syndrome. Pain. 2005;115:332–337.
Albuquerque RJ, de Leeuw R, Carlson CR, et al. Cerebral activation during thermal stimulation of patients who have burning mouth disorder: an fMRI study. Pain. 2006;122:223–234.
Khamaysi Z, Bergman R, Weltfriend S. Positive patch test reactions to allergens of the dental series and the relation to the clinical presentations. Contact Dermatitis. 2006;55:216–218.
11 Pigatto PD, Marsili C, Brambilla L, Ferrucci SM, Guzzi G. Conditions associated with burning mouth syndrome. Allergy. 2010;65(suppl 92):207. 12 Sarode SC, Sarode GS. Primary burning mouth syndrome in oral submucous fibrosis patients. Oral Oncol. 2011;47:683. 13 Vucicevic-Boras V, Alajbeg I, Brozovic M, Mravack-Stipetic M. Burning mouth syndrome as initial sign of multiple myeloma. Oral Oncology Extra. 2004;40:13–15. 14 Pigatto PD, Guzzi G, Persichini P, Barbadillo S. Recovery from mercuryinduced burning mouth syndrome due to mercury allergy. Dermatitis. 2004;15:75–77. 15 Costa A, Branca V, Pigatto PD, Guzzi G. BMD, fMRI study and brain hypoactivity. Pain. 2007;128:290–291. 16 Zakrzewska JM. Medical management of trigeminal neuropathic pains. Pregabalin and laroxil. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2011;11: 1239–1254.
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A Comparison of the Tolerability of Adapalene 0.1% Cream and Adapalene 0.1% Lotion in Healthy Individuals James H. Herndon, Jr, MD;1 Thomas J. Stephens, PhD;1 Nathan S. Trookman, MD;2 Ronald L. Rizer, PhD;2 Norman Preston, PhD;3 Scott Caveney, MD, PhD;3 Ronald W. Gottschalk, MD3 ABSTRACT Two separate single-center, randomized, evaluator-blinded, bilateral (split-face) comparison studies compared the tolerability of adapalene 0.1% cream with adapalene 0.1% lotion in individuals with healthy skin treated once per day for 3 weeks. At each visit, the participants were graded on erythema, scaling, dryness, and stinging/burning (scale: 0 = none to 3 = severe). On the final study visit, the participants completed a Cosmetic Acceptability Questionnaire. Adverse events were recorded at each study visit. A total of 144 participants were enrolled and 130 completed the studies (study 1, n=66; study 2, n=64). The lotion formulation was noninferior to the cream for the success rates and tolerability assessments in both studies. The frequency distributions of worst scores of either 0 (none) or 1 (mild) (study 1; study 2) for adapalene lotion were erythema (98.5%; 40.7%), scaling (100%; 73.5%), dryness (100%; 68.8%), and stinging/burning (98.5%; 100%). The most common treatment-related adverse event was dryness (study 1, cream 2.7% [2 of 75] and lotion 4.0% [3/75]); study 2, cream 2.9% [2 of 69] and lotion 4.3% [3 of 69]. Both the adapalene 0.1% cream and 0.1% lotion formulations were well tolerated and acceptable to the study participants. The adapalene 0.1% lotion provides clinicians with a retinoid for the treatment of acne in a lotion formulation. (SKINmed. 2012;10:136–142)
he Global Alliance to Improve Outcomes in Acne group recently published their recommendations for the management of this disorder.1 The consensus is that the combination of a topical retinoid and an antimicrobial agent is the preferred regimen for nearly all patients with acne who present with inflammatory lesions.1 The Global Alliance to Improve Outcomes in Acne group suggests that this therapeutic combination targets 3 of the 4 major pathogenic factors of acne: bacterial colonization of the pilosebaceous duct, inflammation, and abnormal keratinization within the follicle.1 Topical retinoids are also recommended for maintenance therapy (with benzoyl peroxide, if needed, for antimicrobial effect).1 Adapalene is a naphthoic-acid derivative that is used topically for the treatment of acne.1,2 This agent was developed to provide enhanced stability and anti-inflammatory effects while maintaining effectiveness, reducing irritation, and improving tolerability (as compared with retinoic acid).2–5 Adapalene selectively binds to retinoic acid receptors and thus modulates cellular differentiation and keratinization.6 This medication also possesses
anti-inflammatory effects3 and is known to inhibit the arachidonic acid cascade.7 Adapalene also inhibits polymorphonuclear leukocyte lipoxygenase activity, an important component of the inflammatory response to Propionibacterium acnes.2 Previous studies have demonstrated a favorable side effect profile for adapalene.4,5,8–10 Tolerability has been established with the product, both as monotherapy and as combination therapy with other agents.11–13 Results from the pivotal trials showed that patients taking adapalene gel 0.1% experienced lower incidences and severity of erythema, scaling, dryness, and burning compared with those on a regimen of tretinoin gel 0.025%.12 Irritation related to adapalene tends to be transient and usually subsides within the first few weeks of initiating treatment.14 The low irritation potential of adapalene 0.1% cream is similar to that of the 0.1% gel formation.15,16 Taken together, these results indicate that adapalene 0.1% is well tolerated. Two large 12-week studies involving a total of 1068 patients evaluated the safety and efficacy of the adapalene 0.1% lotion formulation.17 The lotion was superior to the vehicle lotion
From Thomas J. Stephens & Associates, Inc, Dallas Research Center, Carrollton, TX;1 Thomas J. Stephens & Associates, Inc, Colorado Research Center, Colorado Springs, CO;2 and Galderma Laboratories, L.P., Fort Worth, TX3 Address for Correspondence: Ronald W. Gottschalk, MD, 14501 North Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76177 • E-mail: email@example.com
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control in terms of the Investigator Global Assessment success rate and lesion counts (total, inflammatory, and noninflammatory). The tolerability of adapalene lotion was similar to vehicle (erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/burning), and skin irritation was transient. The most common adverse event (AE), dry skin, was seen predominately during the first month of treatment. The results from the patient surveys indicated that the lotion was easy to spread, easily absorbed, and pleasant to use. These results agree with previous studies that indicate that some patients find lotions easier to spread and more pleasant to use than other topical formulations such as creams and ointments.18,19 Adapalene (Differin, Galderma Laboratories, L.P., Fort Worth, TX) is currently available in gel, cream, and lotion preparations.20 The lotion formulation gave health care providers another acne treatment option for patients with varying vehicle preferences.17 The following report is based on two separate single-center, randomized, evaluator-blinded, bilateral (split-face) comparison studies that were conducted to compare the tolerability of adapalene 0.1% cream with adapalene 0.1% lotion in participants with healthy skin treated once per day for 3 weeks. METHODS This report comprises two single-center, randomized, evaluatorblinded, split-face comparison studies conducted concurrently over the course of 3 weeks. Study 1 was conducted at a clinical site in Texas and study 2 was conducted at a clinical site in Colorado. Clinic evaluations were conducted on Monday through Friday for 3 consecutive weeks in January and February.
INCLUSION CRITERIA Participants of either sex, aged 18 years and older, with healthy skin as determined by the clinical grader qualified for study participation.
EXCLUSION CRITERIA Excluded from participation were individuals with a degree of skin pigmentation that interfered with the reading of skin reactions, individuals with a known allergy to one of the components of the test materials, and those with a washout period for topical treatment on the treated area less than 1 week for corticosteroids and/or 4 weeks for retinoids. Individuals with current sunburn, eczema, atopic dermatitis, perioral dermatosis, or rosacea on the area to be treated were also excluded from these studies. Both studies were conducted in accordance with the principles stated in the Declaration of Helsinki. The study participants signed informed consent forms and understood that they were free to withdraw from the study at any time and for any reason. The IntegReview Institutional Review Board approved both SKINmed. 2012;10:136â€“142
study protocols. The studies were registered on www.clinicaltrials.gov as NCT01046396 and NCT01046565.
TREATMENTS Participants cleansed their faces with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (Galderma Laboratories, L.P.), applied Differin (adapalene) 0.1% cream to the right or left side of the face, and applied Differin (adapalene) 0.1% lotion to the opposite side of the face once daily for 3 consecutive weeks (21 days). Application of test materials to each side of the face was determined by a randomization design (to which the evaluator was blinded). The participants performed test material applications on each Monday through Friday clinic visit (under the supervision of clinic personnel), excluding the final study visit, and at home on each Saturday and Sunday. Each participant was assessed by the same evaluator throughout the course of the study.
TREATMENT COMPLIANCE Clinic personnel weighed test material units before and after clinic applications. Participants were also provided with weekend diaries to record test material application and comments.
TOLERABILITY Evaluators graded erythema, scaling, dryness, and stinging/ burning using a 4-point scale (0, none; 1, mild; 2, moderate; 3, severe). The evaluators were trained together and every attempt was made to encourage them to use the same criteria for rating.
STATISTICAL ANALYSES The primary variables of interest were the worst post-baseline scores for local tolerability parameters (erythema, scaling, dryness, and stinging/burning) across the study visits. The worst post-baseline local tolerance scores for each parameter (regardless of time point) were summarized. A Wilcoxon signed rank test was used to compare treatment groups. The primary analysis for the worst post-baseline local tolerability scores consisted of dichotomizing each assessment as a success (score = 0) or failure (score â‰Ľ1). A 95% confidence interval for the difference of success rates between treatments was calculated. A 15% margin of noninferiority was used to assess the noninferiority between the two treatment groups. The sign test was used to compare patient responses of the Cosmetic Acceptability Questionnaire. No statistical determination for sample size was conducted. Seventy-five participants were enrolled in study 1 and 69 were enrolled in study 2 to ensure that at least 60 participants completed the study. The tolerability survey analyses were taken from the per-protocol population (study 1, N = 66; study 2, N = 64). The safety
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analyses were conducted on the safety population (study 1, N = 75; study 2, N = 69).
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Mean Worst Tolerability Scores
PATIENT DISPOSITION Seventy-five participants were enrolled in the study, 9 of whom discontinued study participation; leaving 66 who completed study 1. Sixty-nine participants were enrolled, 5 of these withdrew, and 64 completed study 2. There were no major protocol violations or deviations during either study.
DEMOGRAPHICS Most of the participants were white women with a Fitzpatrick classification of type II or III (Table I).
TOLERABILITY ASSESSMENT The majority of participants (with the exception of patients with erythema in study 2) were assessed as having none (score of 0) or mild (score of 1) erythema, scaling, dryness, and stinging/burning (Table II). Moreover, there were no significant differences between the two adapalene formulations in terms of the mean of the worst scores from the tolerability assessment parameters within either study (Figure 1). The frequency distribution of worst scores from the tolerability assessments showed that adapalene 0.1% lotion was not inferior to adapalene 0.1% cream in both studies (Table II). Each individual study reported equivalent success rates for adapalene 0.1% lotion and adapalene 0.1% cream (Table III). The results from both studies demonstrated that adapalene 1% lotion was noninferior to adapalene 1% cream.
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Figure 1. Results from the mean (± standard deviation) worst scores from the tolerability assessment parameters. Skin tolerability was assessed using the following scale: 0 = none, 1 = mild, 2 = moderate, and 3 = severe.
Table I. Demographics and Baseline Characteristics (Per-Protocol Population)
MEAN AGE, Y Race
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Table II. Frequency Distribution of Worst Scores From the Tolerability Assessments
TOLERABILITY SCORE, NO. (%) STUDY 1 (N=66)
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Skin tolerability was assessed using the following scale: 0 = none, 1 = mild, 2 = moderate, and 3 = severe.
Table III. Results of Success Rate Analyses for Each Adapalene Formulations
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95% CONFIDENCE INTERVAL
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Study 1 (N=66)
Study 2 (N=64)
Success was defined as a tolerability score of 0. A failure was define as a tolerability score of ≥1.
COSMETIC ACCEPTABILITY QUESTIONNAIRE At the final study visit, participants completed a Cosmetic Acceptability Questionnaire on product aesthetics and preference. There was a slight numerical preference for the cream compared with
the lotion for all study questions except two (Which side left the least amount of residue on your skin, study 1; Which side had less odor, study 2); however, there were large percentages of participants who showed no preference for either formulation (Figure 2).
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Generally, which side did you prefer? Which side left the less amount of residue on your skin?
Which side felt better on your skin? Which side had less odor? Which side absorbed into your skin more quickly? Which side was easier to apply?
No Preference Adapalene 0.1% Cream Adapalene 0.1% Lotion
Generally, which side did you prefer? Which side left the less amount of residue on your skin?
Which side felt better on your skin? Which side had less odor? Which side absorbed into your skin more quickly? Which side was easier to apply? 0
Percent of Subjects Figure 2. Cosmetic Acceptability Questionnaire results. These surveys were completed on day 22 or at the early termination visit, if applicable.
ADVERSE EVENTS AEs were assessed from the time of first test material application until exit from the study. Overall, 7 participants who used ada-
palene cream and 9 who used the lotion experienced treatmentrelated AEs (Table IV). The most common treatment-related AE in both studies was dryness.
Table IV. Summary of Treatment-Related Adverse Events
STUDY 1 (N=75)
STUDY 2 (N=69)
ADAPALENE 0.1% CREAM, NO. (%)
ADAPALENE 0.1% LOTION, NO. (%)
ADAPALENE 0.1% CREAM, NO. (%)
ADAPALENE 0.1% LOTION, NO. (%)
Patients with treatmentrelated adverse events, No.
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DISCUSSION Results from the two concurrent studies provide evidence regarding the tolerability, acceptability, and safety of the new adapalene 0.1% lotion compared with the 0.1% cream preparation. For each study, success rates were comparable between the two adapalene formulations. Within each study, worst scores assessments produced equivalent results for the two formulations. The majority of participants were assessed as none or mild for the parameters evaluated in the tolerability assessment. Each study, success rates were comparable between the two adapalene formulations. It is interesting to note that participants in study 2 (which was conducted in Colorado) showed a tendency toward higher tolerability scores (ie, more patients were classified as moderate or severe) and a lower percentage of successes than study 1. This may have been attributed to the colder, dryer climate at the first study site, as the studies were conducted concurrently in January through February. The differences in geographic location and climate may have played a role in the differences in scores observed between the two studies. In addition, it is possible that there were subtle differences inherent in the way evaluators assessed the skin, but we believe this to be a minor factor. Overall, the adapalene 0.1% lotion was noninferior to the 0.1% cream with respect to tolerability measurements evaluated in these studies. Cosmetic acceptability was favorable for both adapalene preparations. A considerable proportion of the participants reported no preference for one formulation of adapalene over the other. Adapalene has shown a favorable tolerability profile in several previous clinical trials that employed typical dosing schedules.12,21–23 Adapalene 0.1% cream was shown to be well tolerated with a low incidence of cutaneous AEs over the course of 12 weeks.22 Another study reported that adapalene 0.1% cream was well tolerated over 12 weeks, with low percentages of patients reporting dryness (8%), burning (5%), peeling (2%), facial irritation (2%), and erythema (2%).23
to a skin care regimen can be poor when the medication is inconvenient to use or if the patient has concerns about medication adverse effects or efficacy.29 The favorable tolerability profile for adapalene and its high rate of patient acceptability could result in improved compliance.17 In order to enhance compliance, providing patients as well as their caregivers a choice of vehicle options has been recommended.30 LIMITATIONS The current studies had some limitations that should be kept in mind when drawing conclusions from their results. Each study was conducted at a single site; therefore, there was variability in the evaluator assessment scores. Some of these differences in tolerability assessment scores may have been caused by climatic or geographic factors. CONCLUSIONS Overall, both adapalene 0.1% lotion and adapalene 0.1% cream were well tolerated. The cosmetic acceptability questionnaire results were not significantly different between the two preparations for any question. AEs with both agents were predominantly mild to moderate in severity. The adapalene 0.1% lotion provides clinicians with a retinoid for the treatment of acne in a lotion formulation. Acknowledgements and disclosure: Julie Crider, PhD, assisted in the medical writing. Galderma Laboratories, L.P., provided editorial support. Funding for the two studies was provided by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. REFERENCES
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Occupational Dermatitis in Workers Exposed to Detergents, Disinfectants, and Antiseptics Brice Loddé, MD;1 Marianne Paul, MD;1 Anne-Marie Roguedas-Contios, MD;2 Moriamo Ola Bisi Eniafe-Eveillard, MD;1 Laurent Misery, MD, PhD;2 Jean-Dominique Dewitte, MD, PhD1 ABSTRACT Anti-infective prevention has led to a significant use of disinfectants, detergents, and antiseptics in various areas of activities. Most of these products are skin irritants and allergens, which can cause skin disorders in exposed workers. The authors conducted a descriptive and retrospective study on occupational dermatitis diagnosed at an occupational dermatology hospital consultation service, targeting exposed workers in the health, food, and cleaning industries. These included 20.9% (61 of 291) of the patients seen at this consultation. An occupational origin was proven for 50 of these 61 patients. The most frequent dermatoses were irritant contact dermatitis (42%) and allergic contact dermatitis (26.3%). The main allergens were disinfectants and antiseptics (26.3%), especially quaternary ammoniums, aldehydes, and nickel. Patients exposed to disinfectants, detergents, and antiseptics in the workplace represent an important part (about 1 of 5) of occupational dermatology consultations, although factors may be contributory. Prevention and knowledge are necessary for this increasing issue. (SKINmed. 2012;10:144–150)
nti-infective prevention has become a public health priority for several years; thus, strict standards of hygiene, including the use of disinfectants, detergents, and antiseptics (DDA) is now prevalent. According to their chemical classification,1–5 these products can stop the proliferation or inactivate various types of microorganisms. These specific effects are required in different processes (Table). The main components found in these products are aldehydes, quaternary ammoniums, alcohols, oxidants, phenolics, biguanides, diamides, and carbanilines. In the health care environment, disinfectants are used for disinfecting purposes in rooms (surfaces and floors) and for medical materials (medical instruments, optical systems, dialysis circuits, basins, and buckets for hospital waste), and antiseptics are used for healthy skin and wound antisepsis. The aim of these disinfectants and antiseptics is to decrease potential hazards of cross transmissions of infectious agents among patients, and thus to limit nosocomial infections. In the food industry, cleaning and frequent disinfection of food surfaces aim to ensure infection-free food. Cleaning and disinfecting processes, carried out at regular intervals, generally proceed in the following manner5: (1) a “scraping” phase, with manual scraping or with pressurized tepid water; (2) a “cleaning”
phase, by applying detergents; and (3) a “disinfection” phase, with the application of a disinfecting solution. Dermatoses related to DDA exposure are various. The most frequent types1,2,6 are: irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, contact urticaria, and atopic dermatitis (AD) flares. For this reason, we have been interested in the occupational dermatitis diagnosed for workers exposed to DDA products in the workplace. We carried out a retrospective and descriptive study of a bidisciplinary consultation of occupational dermatology by selecting patients who worked in the main industries exposed to these products (health care, food-processing, and cleaning industries). The purpose of this study was to assess the proportion of workers, exposed to DDA among all of the patients, seen in consultation, and to describe the subtypes of dermatoses found in these workers. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective and descriptive study was performed investigating cutaneous ailments diagnosed at an occupational dermatology consultation service for patients working in the main sectors of industries exposed to DDA.
From the Université Européenne de Bretagne, Rennes, France; Université de Brest, Brest Cedex, France; Service de Santé au Travail et Maladies liées à l’environnement, CHU Morvan, Brest Cedex, France;1 and the Service de Dermatologie et Vénéréologie, Brest Cedex, France2 Address for Correspondence: Brice Loddé, MD, Université de Brest; JE 2535. 22, Avenue Camille Desmoulins – CS 93837 – 29238 Brest Cedex 3, France • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Table. Various Uses of Disinfectants and Antiseptics According to Chemical Class
CHEMICAL CLASS Aldehydes
USE IN HEALTH CARE WORKERS ANTISEPTICS
USE IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY
Formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, succinic acid: Ground and surface disinfection Medical materials disinfection by steeping, especially endoscopy Formol: Final disinfection in hospital rooms after infectious contamination Anatomic pieces conservation Hemodialysis circuits disinfection
Formaldehyde + glutaraldehyde: Disinfection phase
Ground and surface disinfection
Complementary treatment for skin diseases
Medical materials disinfection
Healthy skin washing and antiseptic
Surface disinfection using spray process
Sodium, hypochlorite: Ground and surface disinfection Hemodialysis generator disinfection
Injection place To draw blood Sodium, hypochlorite: Disinfection
Antiseptic and surgical handwashing Detersion Healthy skin and mucous antiseptic Buccal, ophthalmologic, and genital mucous antiseptic Surgical surface antiseptic Complementary treatment of cutaneous affections Superﬁcial and minor burns Peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide: Hemodialysis machines Endoscopy cold disinfection Medical materials disinfection
Hydrogen peroxide: Used in dental surgery for its antiseptic and hemostatic effects
Wound cleaning and balneotherapy for burns or superﬁcial surgical and traumatic wounds Surgical washing and hand antiseptic Surgical surface preparation Dental and buccal hygiene
Triclocarban: Skin and mucous detersion
Complementary treatment of dermatologic affections
Alkaline products Phenols
Quaternary ammoniums + glutaraldehyde or formaldehyde: Disinfection phase
Cleansing phase Ground and surface disinfection Medical materials predisinfection Supply composition of different soaps
The investigation began in November 2002 in the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital of Brest. It included joint consultations performed by a dermatologist and an occupational physician. The synergistic activity of these two doctors allowed for a singular approach to the dermatologic conditions, both on a cutaneous and on a socio-professional level. The collaboration also allowed for indexing of patients at the same time, wherein some cases would have been addressed separately by each of these services. Patients were thus directed to this consultation by their general practitioner, a specialist (dermatologist or occupational physician), or a hospital consultant.7 The consultation proceeded as follows: • Patients were seen at a joint consultation by the dermatologist and an occupational specialist to obtain a clinical history (particularly, personal or family history of atopy: asthma, atopic rhinoconjunctivitis, or dermatitis). • A clinical examination was carried out with a complete cutaneous assessment and, if possible, an examination of the cutaneous lesions when present. • Patch tests were performed in necessary with either the hospital-standardized tray (European standard), specific-allergen trays, or specific patches prepared with samples of products used in the workplace and supplied by the patient. Dilution and preparation were occasionally carried out before application on the skin in order to be sure of the non-irritating effect of the compounds (compatibility of the pH, non-abrasive physicochemical characteristics). To confirm the diagnosis of occupational dermatosis, we focused on the 7 Mathias criteria,8 which include the following questions: • Is the clinical appearance compatible with contact dermatitis? • Are there workplace exposures to potential irritants or allergens? • Is the anatomic distribution of the eruption compatible with contact dermatitis? • Is the temporal relationship between exposure and onset consistent with contact dermatitis? • Have non-occupational exposures been excluded as causes? • Does the dermatitis improve away from work exposure to the suspected irritant or allergen? • Do patch or provocation tests identify a probable allergic cause?
The main industries where workers are exposed to DDA products are in the health care, food, and cleaning industries. Patients who worked in these sectors and who were seen in the occupational dermatology consultation clinic from November 2002 to April 2007 were included in the study. For each patient, we utilized a computerized database to evaluate the consultations and reported the following points: occupation, allergy antecedents (atopic subject or AD), allergens identified by patch testing, and final dermatologic diagnosis. RESULTS From November 2002 to April 2007, a total of 291 outpatients were referred to the occupational dermatology consultation clinic at the University Hospital of Brest. A total of 61 of the 291 patients (20.9%), working in a DDA-exposed industry, were included in the study: 50 in health care and 11 in the food and cleaning industries. An occupational origin for their skin disease was proven for only 39 health care workers. The 11 non-professional patients with dermatoses included 6 patients with psoriasis, 2 cases with dyshidrosis, 1 with chronic urticaria, 1 with dermatophytosis, and 1 with onychodystrophy. As a result, 17.8% (50 of 280) of cases of occupational dermatitis diagnosed included patients exposed to DDA in the workplace: 13.9% (39 of 280) in health care and 3.9% (11 of 280) in the food and cleaning industries. Among workers with occupational dermatitis, 26 of 50 (52%) had an atopic history (28% with AD); 5 of 11 (45%) for workers in the food and cleaning industries (1 with AD and 4 with an atopic history without any cutaneous marks); and 21 of 39 (54%) for health care workers (13 with AD and 8 with an atopic history without any cutaneous marks). Fourteen of 50 patients (28%) had AD and 12 of 50 (24%) had an atopic history without any cutaneous marks. Among persons working in health care institutions, 14 cases of dermatitis were diagnosed in nurses, 11 in nurses’ aids, 8 in ward clerks, 4 in laboratory technicians, and 2 in radio-operator manipulators. These cases of dermatitis included isolated irritant contact dermatitis for 17 patients (43.6%), isolated allergic contact dermatitis for 12 patients (30.8%), irritant contact dermatitis associated with allergic contact dermatitis for 8 patients (20.5%), AD flares after exposure to irritants for 1 patient (2.5%), and contact urticaria for 1 patient (2.5%). Results from additional allergy testing (ie, prick test when testing natural rubber latex and patch test for the other products) were positive 47 times.
A positive answer to 4 of these questions allowed for the reasonable conclusion of an occupational etiology. SKINmed. 2012;10:144–150
• Disinfectants and antiseptics (12 positive) Ammonium IV: commercial solution called hexanios (concentrated in ammonium IV) (2), commercial solution Occupational Dermatitis
called aniosurf (concentrated in ammonium IV) (1), ammonium IV (1), benzalkonium chloride (1), cetalkonium chloride (1) Aldehydes: formaldehyde (3), glyoxal trimer (2), glutaraldehyde (1) • Nickel (11) • Balsam of Peru (4) and fragrances (4) • Rosin (3), latex solution (3), isothiazolinone (3), lanolin (3) • Dodecyl gallate (1), potassium bichromate (1), professional soap (1), paraben (1) Among 20 patients with allergic contact dermatitis (isolated or associated with irritant contact dermatitis), 10 (50%) patients had an atopic history (asthma, atopic rhinitis, or AD). Among patients working in the food and cleaning industries, 4 cases of dermatitis were diagnosed in workmen, 4 in maintenance personnel, and 3 in kitchen workers. The diagnoses included irritant contact dermatitis in 4 patients (36.4%), allergic contact dermatitis in 3 patients (27.3%), irritant contact dermatitis associated with allergic contact dermatitis in 1 patient (9%), AD flare after exposure to irritants in 2 patients (18.2%), and contact urticaria in 1 patient (9%). Intradermal tests, scratch tests, and patch tests revealed 10 results for sensitization, and the following allergens were identified: disinfectants (3 positive tests: aldehyde  and ammonium IV ), soap (3), isothiazolinone (1), thiuram (1), lanolin (1), and neomycin (1).
about the nature of the products they use or about the necessary protective measures to be used. The misuse of disinfectants9 (eg, increasing the active agents to obtain a better quality of cleaning in a shorter period) and the lack of adequate protection5,10 (eg, wearing too small gloves or those with holes, involving skin contact with the product) increase the risk for employees to develop cutaneous lesions. Workers exposed to DDA in our study could be overrepresented, compared with the number that may be found in a non-hospital environment. Initially, our examination took place in a hospital, therefore, making it more accessible for health care workers who work in hospitals. This explains the significant proportion (13.9%) of these employees present at the consultation. Secondly, dermatoses related to DDA are infrequently diagnosed out of the hospital, and often, non-hospital dermatologists are not very informed about these diseases. In our community, many dermatologists are reluctant to conduct allergy testing, preferring to refer their patients to a hospital service. Irritant contact dermatitis is the most frequently reported dermatitis, affecting 42% (21 of 50) of the patients included in our study. These employees regularly handle DDA agents. Such products are, for the majority, skin irritants and most likely responsible for the appearance of irritating lesions in these patients; however, many such irritant co-factors may be found in these sectors of employment1,11: These may include: • Chemical factors: industrial professional soaps and detergents, which cause skin barrier dysfunction and increase skin permeability2,12 and are reported to be the first cause of occupational cutaneous irritation.13
Among 4 patients with allergic contact dermatitis (isolated or associated with irritant dermatitis), 1 had an atopic history (asthma, atopic rhinitis, AD).
• Mechanical factors: aggressive and repeated handwashing,14 particularly for health care workers, to clean or disinfect their hands.
DISCUSSION In the course of our investigation, we observed a large population (almost 20% of patients) with occupational dermatitis who worked in health care institutions or food and cleaning industries. These departments are known to employ the use of DDA, suggesting that the employees in these environments were exposed to DDA in the workplace. This can be explained in several ways. First, these areas are subject to strict standards of hygiene that have gradually led to intensive cleaning and disinfection processes, including the use of many DDA products. Such DDA agents are employed in the food industry to ensure that products do not transmit infectious agents5 and in the health care sector to decrease nosocomial infections.6 The use of DDA products raises the workers’ exposure to these irritating and sensitizing agents, which explains why a high number of occupational dermatitis cases are found in these industries. In addition, employees are not often informed SKINmed. 2012;10:144–150
• Physical factors: wet environments, the occlusion effect of protective gloves, and exposure to cold and moisture, particularly in the food industry. Repeated exposure to water, frequent contact with detergents, and mechanical abrasive factors of repeated actions in these working areas represent the most significant risk factors for irritation dermatitis. In addition, working in a damp environment can be defined in different ways: regular work with hands in a damp environment (about 2 hours a day), regular use of occlusive gloves (about 2 hours a day), and/or frequent and intensive handwashing. In Singapore in 2003–2004, researchers15 reported a significant increase in workers from the food industry among patients experiencing occupational dermatitis caused by detergents and damp working conditions.
Irritant contact dermatitis associated with allergic contact dermatitis is also frequent, coexisting for 20.5% of health care workers and 9% of workers in the food and cleaning industries. Such dermatoses, with failure of the protective skin barrier, facilitate the invasion of allergens into the dermis and support sensitization with a potential allergen. This would explain why irritation and allergy frequently coexist.16 Allergic contact dermatitis affected 30% (15 of 50) of the employees in our study. Irritating lesions are not the only lesions to support the appearance of allergic contact dermatitis; however, AD also represents a risk factor for allergic contact dermatitis. A history of AD contributes to the development of cutaneous symptoms. The relationship between AD and allergic contact dermatitis is reported in various studies, both in the health17 and in the food industry.18 Our results are consistent with these data. If we consider all workers presenting with occupational dermatitis in this study (50), we found that 52% among them presented with an atopic history, whereas only 30% (10% to 24%) of the overall population is atopic. A total of 28% of the patients in our study had a history of AD, whereas estimates are 20% in the overall population. We can, therefore, assume that the existence of an atopic history (and more precisely of AD) represents a risk factor for developing occupational dermatitis. A study in Germany from 1990 to 1999, concerning 3730 occupational dermatitis cases revealed that 37% of the patients had atopic skin, whereas in the overall population, the prevalence was estimated to be 20%.19 The investigators concluded that 21.6% of occupational dermatitis cases were attributable to the existence of AD and that supervision of these patients was necessary to prevent the development of occupational dermatitis. OnÂ the physiological level, this can be explained. In atopic patients the barrier function of the skin is compromised, which facilitates the penetration of environmental allergens and, therefore, sensitization (which can be humoral or delayed). In a 3-year prospective cohort of food industry apprentices, investigators18 revealed that the proven cutaneous atopic history multiplied by 4 to 5 times the risk of developing hand dermatitis; they did not find any association with other endogenous factors, such as respiratory atopy or metal sensitization. According to other investigators,20 respiratory atopy could also be a significant risk factor for developing immediate type I allergic responses. Nurses were the most affected in our study, mostly with irritant contact dermatitis. Many factors of irritation are found in professional health care practices, including contact with antiseptics (antisepsis of the skin prior to injection, disinfection of wounds, hydroalcoholic solutions, or solutions for hand hygiene), wearing protective gloves for extended periods,21,22 and repeated and SKINmed. 2012;10:144â€“150
aggressive handwashing. Irritant lesions lead to allergic contact dermatitis, which would explain why these dermatoses coexist in health care workers. Disinfectants and antiseptics are the most common allergens identified in our study. They account for 26.3% of the allergens identified in health care and food workers. Other main allergens were found, especially nickel, but also preservatives (isothiazolinone and parabens) and perfumes, which are components of many disinfectant and detergent solutions.2 Detergents were not identified among allergens identified in our study, however, which is not surprising, considering the very weak prevalence of contact allergies related to detergents, reported in past studies.23 Among disinfectants and antiseptics, quaternary ammoniums and aldehydes are the main allergens. In September 2000, researchers24 reported that health care workers were significantly more sensitized to glutaraldehyde and benzalkonium chloride than nonexposed persons (who did not work in health care environments). The data-processing network of the German dermatologic private clinics25 showed that the sensitizing rate to formaldehyde is higher in food workers, compared with the general population. In our study, health care workers were more sensitized to glyoxal and formaldehyde than to glutaraldehyde, because 5 results were positive for glyoxal and formaldehyde, compared with only 1 positive result for glutaraldehyde in health care workers. In 2005, investigators26 found a significantly higher sensitization rate to glutaraldehyde in exposed individuals compared with nonexposed persons, whereas they did not note a significant difference concerning formaldehyde, which showed that glutaraldehyde is more sensitizing than formaldehyde. The decrease in glutaraldehyde sensitization in health care workers could be explained by the reduction of exposure to these products. For the past few years, health care institutions have greatly reduced the use of glutaraldehyde, primarily to protect the health of exposed workers, because glutaraldehyde handling not only can result in respiratory (reactive airway dysfunction syndrome in the event of strong inhalation) or dermatologic (sensitization risk) affections, but also because it is ineffective as nonconventional infectious agents for endoscope disinfection, evolving as a substitute for this product by other disinfectants, especially peracetic acid.27 The decrease in glutaraldehyde use in health care institutions has resulted in limiting health care workersâ€™ exposure to this product and, thus, should explain why the sensitizing rate is decreasing in health care workers. Previous studies also support our results. Researchers28 who reported similar findings found relatively comparable results in a study performed in a private dermatology clinic among 135 patients with
occupational dermatitis: health care, cleaning, and food industries accounted for 30% of occupational dermatoses and quaternary ammoniums and aldehydes were found to be the main allergens identified, in addition to nickel, thiuram mix, and neomycine. On the other hand, the proportions of the types of dermatoses were reversed compared with our study, with higher rates of allergic contact dermatitis compared with irritant contact dermatitis.
• To develop, for exposed workers, educational programs about occupational dermatitis: anatomical and physiological concepts of the cutaneous barrier, the clinical aspects of dermatitis, and preventive measures.29–31 These educational programs have already been created for health care workers in various countries; ie, Finland32 and Germany.33,34 They have been shown to be effective in primary prevention, when training, by reducing dermatitis appearance in future health care workers, but also in secondary prevention, by significantly improving the incidence of dermatitis compared with employees receiving only traditional treatment. The development of these educational programs, complemented by traditional dermatologic treatment, should result in improving practices and should thus decrease the frequency of dermatitis in workers exposed to hazardous products.
CONCLUSIONS This study suggests that workers exposed to DDA could represent a large proportion of employees with occupational dermatitis. The relationship between occupational exposure to these products and the appearance of irritant dermatitis is difficult to prove because many other cofactors exist, including many mechanical factors that could irritate the skin (maceration, frequent glove changing, microtrauma) and lead to irritant dermatitis. In addition, if workers present with this kind of dermatitis, especially patients with a history of AD, they are often tempted to remove their protective gloves due to the unpleasant sensations of maceration and discomfort. This could lead to increased exposure to irritant products (DDA) in these sectors. Many factors, including use of DDA products, can play a part in generating irritant dermatitis. For allergic contact dermatitis, patch testing confirmed the role of these products in the appearance of skin disorders. These cases of dermatitis can have serious occupational consequences, resulting, for most serious cases, in incapacity to work.10 More frequently, these dermatitis cases can lead to repeated sick leaves, making it important to have effective preventive measures for reducing the appearance of dermatitis for workers exposed to these products, including:
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Perturbation of Cell Cycle Expression in Keloid Fibroblast Farzad Javad, BSc, MSc;1 Fiona Marriage, BSc, MSc;1 Ardeshir Bayat, BSc, MBBS, MRCS, PhD;2 Philip J. R. Day, BSc, MSc, PhD, FRSC, FSB1 ABSTRACT The pathogenesis of keloid formation is poorly understood. The fibroblasts in keloid patients continue to multiply even after initial wound repair and are characterized by a persistent dermal fibroproliferative reaction and excessive extracellular matrix production. Most studies concentrate on the type of collagen produced within keloids and the cytokines that dominate the disease. There have been considerably fewer studies in the expression of messenger RNA level in key cell cycle genes of the keloid fibroblast. The aim of this study was to measure the messenger RNA expression of the key regulators of cell cycle, cell cycle cyclins, and cyclin-dependent kinases, and their inhibitors. (SKINmed. 2012;10:152–159)
he pathogenesis of keloid formation is poorly understood; however, agreement exists concerning how keloids generally result after injury or inflammation within the skin of predisposed individuals. It is thought that keloids may develop as early as 1 to 3 months after trauma, but there have been reports of keloid formation up to a year after an inciting event.1
excessive extracellular matrix (ECM) production, especially type I collagen deposition, resulting in a net deposition of matrix long after re-epithelialization occurs. Moreover, the rate of collagen synthesis per fibroblast as well as the activity of enzymes remodelling intracellular collagen biosynthesis is greater in keloid-derived fibroblasts than in normal-derived fibroblasts.6
Distinguishing keloid histopathologically from normal skin is straightforward. Keloids differ from normal skin and normal scars by rich vasculature, high mesenchymal cell density, inflammatory cell infiltration, and thickened epidermal cell layer.2 In keloids, the collagen fibers are organized in swirls, and these fibers are composed of numerous fibrils closely packed together with the resulting fibrous growths invading normal dermis that produce tissue masses in subcutaneous tissue.3 Few macrophages are present, while some lymphocytes exist.4
Real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) is the most commonly used method for quantitatively measuring gene expression. This method provides good sensitivity, accurate quantification of transcript numbers, and increasingly higher throughput capabilities.7 Quantification of gene expression can determine genes responsible for the progression of a disease and can provide valuable insight into the characteristics of a particular disease. Current studies identify reference genes that are validated for each tissue type and these genes can be selected by evaluating data from RT-qPCR statistical algorithms such as geNorm.8 The principle of the geNorm algorithm is that from an initial group of candidate reference genes tested across all the cell types (normal and diseased), the expression ratio of the two functionally distinct reference genes that display the most similar expression across all the conditions are chosen as reference genes.
Studies on the role of dermal fibroblasts in keloid formation have determined that keloid-derived fibroblasts differ from normal skin–derived fibroblasts in the production of collagen I and factors associated with fibrotic conditions, including transforming growth factor (TGF) β.5 The fibroblasts continue to multiply even after the wound repairs, and are characterized by a persistent dermal fibroproliferative reaction and
From the Quantitative Molecular Medicine Group, School of Cancer & Enabling Sciences,1 and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Research,2 Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom Address for Correspondence: Philip J. R. Day, BSc, MSc, PhD, FRSC, FSB, Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research, Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, The University of Manchester, 131 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7DN, United Kingdom • E-mail: email@example.com
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression of cell cycle regulatory genes in keloid fibroblasts vs fibroblasts derived from normal scars. Initially, we identified the most stable reference genes for use in RT-qPCR experiments investigating cell cycle regulatory gene expression in fibroblasts. In an attempt to determine the role of cell cycle candidate transcripts, these reference genes were used to measure the relative expression of key cell cycle regulatory components of cell cycle by comparing differences in the expression of cell cycle candidate transcripts in keloid fibroblasts and normal scar fibroblasts. METHODS AND MATERIALS
SAMPLE COLLECTION A keloid scar was defined as a dermal tumor that spread beyond the margin of the original wound, continued to grow over time, did not regress spontaneously, commonly recurred following excision, and had been present for at least a minimum of 1 year. All cases (N=5, aged 13–42 years, with an average age of 29.4 years) were personally assessed by an experienced surgeon. There were 4 women and 1 man participating in this study who were from different ethnic backgrounds (Table I). A full medical history was taken and each scar lesion was examined in detail. The local and hospital ethical committees had given approval for the study protocol. Written consent was obtained from all individuals entered into the study.
Table I. Patient Characteristics
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Abbreviations: AP, Asian Pakistani; BA, Black African; BC, Black Caribbean; F, female; K, keloid study; M, male; N, normal; W, White Caucasian.
In the control (nonkeloid) sample, 2 men and 3 women participated in this study with different ethnic backgrounds (N=5, aged 22–62 years, with an average age of 49.6 years). All control patients were clinically assessed to ensure that any existing scars did not resemble keloid. The local and hospital ethical committees gave approval for the study protocol and written consent was obtained from all individuals entered into the study.
TREATMENT OF EXCISED SCAR TISSUE After the removal of the scar, depending on its size, the scar was divided into a maximum of 4 regions. Many of the scars were too small and so no divisions were made. These scars were exempted in this study as our interest was to find differences in gene expression across different sites. Where it was possible, normal skin was also taken for the purpose of internal control. The top layer consisted of the upper layer of the epidermis, which is usually 1 mm in thickness (variable thickness according to the exact anatomical body site). The middle layer was the collagenrich region of the scar in the epidermis region of variable thickness. The bottom layer was the region where the collagen-rich layer came in contact with the fatty layer. The margin layer was the region where the normal skin and the keloid scar met and the normal skin was considered to be located beyond the keloid scar but in exactly the same anatomical site. Skin was also taken from nonkeloid regions termed the external control. In this study, skin was taken from patients who did not have any evidence of abnormal skin conditions. Many of these patients were women who had undergone surgery to remove stretch marks.
CELL CULTURING Following harvest of the lesions, the skin samples were extensively washed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) (1% antibiotics and fungicide) for 15 minutes at room temperature. Using two scalpels, the remaining skin was finely diced into 1-mm2 pieces and added to 0.25% to 0.5% collagenase A for 2.5 to 3 hours at 37ºC. The resulting cell suspension was then put through a 100-μm cell strainer (optional additional step) and the enzyme neutralized with the addition of fibroblast cell culture media containing 10% fetal calf serum (plus 1% penicillin and streptomycin and 1% nonessential amino acid. The solution was then centrifuged at 1200 rpm for 5 minutes and resuspended in 12-mL fibroblast media. This was added to a 75-cm2 tissue culture flask with approximately 4×105 cells and incubated at 37ºC in 5% carbon dioxide for 48 hours. Cell confluence was assessed by observing the growth of the fibroblasts under a light microscope and media was either changed every 2 to 3 days or culture
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was trypsinized and passaged. Once the cells reached confluence, they were washed with PBS (1% antibiotics and fungizone) and trypsin was added. Cells detached, were pelleted at 1200 rpm for 5 minutes, and the supernatant discarded. Once the media was removed, 1 mL Trizol (Invitrogen, Grand Island, NY) was added to the pellet and was mixed with the aid of pipette. The resulting cell culture present in the tube was then suitable for RNA extraction.
RNA EXTRACTION FROM SAMPLES The RNA was extracted using the Qiagen RNeasy Mini Kit (Qiagen, Austin, TX) according to manufacturer’s instructions. Final elution of the total RNA was performed using 30 μL of RNase-free water, and repeated to maximize the amount of RNA eluted. Total RNA samples were stored at –80°C until use. The concentration of total RNA representing each sample was quantified by using a NanoDrop ND1 spectrophotometer (NanoDrop Technologies Ltd, Wilmington, DE). All RNA samples were determined to have no or mild loss of integrity (RNA integrity number >7.6) and were thus deemed suitable for use in the following experiments.
PCR ASSAY DESIGN The real-time PCR assays were performed on a Roche LightCycler 480 (LC480; Roche Diagnostics, Basel, Switzerland). Primer and probe sequences were designed for 8 of the most commonly used control (reference) genes8 using the Universal Probe Library Assay Design Centre (http://www.roche-applied-science.com). Transcript sequences were obtained from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Primers and matched probes were selected for glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH ) (forward primer [FP]: agccacatcgctcagacac, reverse primer [RP]: gcccaatacgaccaaatcc, probe: tggggaag), beta-actin (ACTB) (FP: attggcaatgagcggttc, RP: ggatgccacaggactccat, probe: cttccagc), beta-2-microglobulin (B2M) (FP: ttctggcctggaggctatc, RP: tcaggaaatttgactttccattc, probe: catccagc), hydroxymethylbilane synthase (HMBS) (FP: tgaccttgatttattttgcatacc, RP: cgagcaagacgttcagtcct, probe: gctgagga), hypoxanthine phosphoribosyl transferase (HPRT1) (FP: agctatgaaggatgggcaac, RP: ttgtatgctatctgagccgtcta, probe: tggaggag), ribosomal protein L13a (RPL13a) (FP: gaggcccctaccacttcc, RP: tgtggggcagcatacctc, probe: ccagccgc), succinate dehydrogenase flavoprotein subunit A (SDHA) (FP: agaagccctttgaggagca, RP: cgattacgggtctatattccaga, probe: ggaggaag), and ribosomal protein L32 (RPL32) (FP: gaagttcctggtccacaacg, RP: gcgatctcggcacagtaag, probe: aggagctg). Candidate transcripts primers were: CHK1 (FP: aagactgggacttggtgcaa, RP: cagttactctattcacagcaagttga, probe: ctgggaga), CHK2 (FP: gaaacactttcggattttcagg, RP: cctttccctacaagctctgtattt,
probe: cagtggca), p53 (FP: aggccttggaactcaaggat, RP: ccctttttggacttcaggtg, probe: ggaaggag), RB1 (FP: cagaataatcacactgcagcagata, RP: cacgcgtagttgaaccttttt, probe: ttctcctg), CDC2 (FP: tggatctgaagaaatacttggattcta, RP: caatcccctgtaggatttgg, probe: cctcctgg), CDK2 (FP: gtgtttgggatgaccaggat, RP: ccgctatcatttggccttta, probe: tcctgctg), CDK4 (FP: gggcaaaatctttgacctga, RP: gatacatctcgaggccagtca, probe: ctgcctcc), CDK6 (FP: gtggccctcggaatagatg, RP: cagacaagaggaggcaccac, probe: aggcagag), p21 (FP: tgggtggtaccctctgga, RP: tgaatttcataaccgcctgtg, probe: ctccttcc), p27 (FP: tgacttgcatgaagagaagca, RP: gctgtctctgaaagggacattac, probe: tggggaag), p16 (FP: cacattcatgtgggcatttc, RP: tgcttgtcatgaagtcgacag, probe: cagcctcc), p19 (FP: tgcaggtcatgatgtttgg, RP: gctggcaccttgcttcag, probe: cctggagc), cyclin A (FP: ggtactgaagtccgggaacc, RP: gaagatccttaaggggtgcaa, probe: gcagcaga), cyclin B1 (FP: catggtgcactttcctcctt, RP: aggtaatgttgtagagttggtgtcc, probe: tcctgctg), cyclin E2 (FP: gccattgattcattagagttcca, RP: aaacctgaggctttcttaacca, probe: ctgctgcc), cyclin D (FP: gaagatcgtcgccacctg, RP: gacctcctcctcgcacttct, probe: tgctggag). Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (NCBI [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]) searches were performed for all primer sequences to confirm gene specificity. The real-time PCR assays were all performed in triplicate using 384-well plates on cDNA from total RNA that had been DNase 1–digested. No template controls were used for each assay. Each assay well had a 10-μL reaction volume consisting of 5 μL 1 × probe master mix (FastStart Taq DNA polymerase) and reaction buffer, dNTP with 3.2mM MgCl2 (Roche Diagnostics), 0.1 uL probe, 0.1 uL 20 uM FP, 0.1 uL 20 uM RP, 0.7 μL of sterile distilled water, and 4 μL of sample cDNA or water for negative controls. The PCR amplifications were performed according to the standard protocol with initial Taq activation at 95°C for 5 minutes and 45 cycles of 95°C for 10 seconds and 58°C for 30 seconds, finishing off with 40°C for 30 seconds. All the probes were supplied by Roche Diagnostics and primers were synthesized by Metabion International AG (Martinsried, Germany).
REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION The mRNA was converted into cDNA by using the SuperScript™ III first-strand synthesis supermix for qRT-PCR (Invitrogen, UK). Where possible 400 ng of RNA was used to synthesise cDNA. Otherwise the maximum volume (maximum of 8 μL of total RNA) was used to synthesis cDNA. The concentration of RNA from all samples was quantified using the NanoDrop® ND-1000 UV/visible Spectrophotometer (NanoDrop Technologies).
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DATA ANALYSIS Following the RT-qPCR assays, the levels of expression (Cq value) for each of the candidate reference genes were converted into relative quantities (2δCq) using the algorithm described by Vandesompele and colleagues.8 These relative quantities were then entered into a data input file that could be analyzed by the geNorm software package to identify which of the assayed genes for a given tissue type exhibited the most stable relative expression. Gene expression stability measures (M value) of each individual gene within the tissue evaluated was calculated by the geNorm software. The pairwise variation (V value), which is an indication of the influence on the stability attributed by addition of a gene to a group of reference genes, was also calculated by the geNorm software package. Genes with the lowest M value are the most stably expressed.
WESTERN BLOT Protein was extracted and a total of 20 mg of protein was resolved by 10% sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and transferred to a nitrocellulose membrane (Sigma, Aldrich Co Limited, Gillingham, Dorset, UK). Primary antibodies antiCDC2 (sc-954, Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz, CA) and Determination of the optimal of control genes for normalization 0.140
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β-actin (A1978, Sigma) were incubated for 1 hour at room temperature, and were decanted and followed by incubation with horseradish peroxidise–conjugated secondary antibodies; rabbit anti-CDC2 (172-1019, Bio-Rad, UK) and mouse anti–β-actin (172 1011, Bio-Rad) all diluted 1:1000 at room temperature for 1 hour. After washing, ECL Advance Western Blotting Detection Kit (RPN 2135, GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI) was applied and proteins were visualized using the enhanced chemiluminescence detection system (Kodak Biomax Light Film, Sigma). The film was developed by Fujifilm FPM 800A. RESULTS
IDENTIFICATION OF REFERENCE GENES FOR FIBROBLASTS The data from the GeNorm software analysis showed a V value threshold <0.15 for reference genes, which suggested high stability of expression across the reference transcripts (Figure 1). Genes in order of least to most stable expression are GAPDH, ACTB, B2M, RPL32, RPL13a, SDHA, HPRT1, and HMBS. From these data, two reference genes were used to normalize data: HPRT1 and HMBS. The PCR results for gene expression of 16 genes are shown in Table II. Initially the average Cq values were normalized against the average of reference genes and the value was negatively rooted to the base of 2 to convert into natural numbers. Both one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Kruskal-Wallis analysis were performed to look for significant P values. Kruskal-Wallis values were more satisfactory than one-way ANOVA because the Kruskal-Wallis test is most commonly used when there is one nominal variable and one measurement variable, and the measured variable does not meet the normality assumption of ANOVA. A one-way ANOVA may yield inaccurate estimates of the P value when the data are very far from a normal distribution. The Kruskal-Wallis test does not make assumptions about normality. The P values for both of these tests are shown in Table II.
0.55 0.5 0.45 0.4 0.35 0.3 GAPDH
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Figure 1. Determination of optimal number of control genes for normalization. Pair-wise variation analysis between the normalization factor to determine the number of control genes required for accurate normalization. Average stability of reference genes is also shown with HPRT1 and HMBS showing the most stable genes. SKINmed. 2012;10:152–159
The results showed 7 genes with significant P values for oneway ANOVA while significance was seen for 5 genes when using Kruskal-Wallis. The Tukey test was performed on these results to find significant differences across the genes. The Tukey test is a single-step multiple comparison procedure used to find which means are significantly different from one another. The KruskalWallis test showed close relation with the Tukey test; therefore, from both the Kruskal-Wallis and Tukey tests it was possible to conclude the following: CDC2 is down-regulated throughout all sites in keloid compared with external control. P27 is up-regulated while cyclin A and cyclin E are significantly down-regulated in the bottom section of the keloid scar. The P value generated
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Table II. Gene Expression Studies: Fold-Change Relative to Reference Genes in 16 Transcripts in Keloid Patients (K1–K5) Across 5 Different Sites and Normal Nonkeloid Patients (N1–N5)
GENE(2δCq) CDK INHIBITORS
CDC2 CDK2 CDK4 CDK6 p21 p27 p19 p16 A B1 D1 E2 p53 RB1 CHK1 0.6 1.2 2.2 1.5 45.3 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.5 3.0 13.8 0.9 2.8 1.4 0.6 1.0 1.0 2.6 0.5 22.0 0.1 0.2 0.8 0.6 2.6 29.4 1.3 1.5 1.6 0.7 0.8 1.2 1.6 0.8 28.1 0.2 0.2 1.0 0.8 3.7 38.6 1.3 1.3 1.2 0.5 0.6 0.7 5.9 0.8 27.4 0.1 0.1 0.5 0.3 1.8 18.5 0.9 3.0 1.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 2.0 1.7 52.0 0.2 0.1 1.0 0.7 2.8 20.3 1.2 3.4 1.4 0.5 0.2 1.9 8.8 0.9 44.1 0.7 0.2 2.5 0.2 1.3 14.2 0.4 3.6 1.2 0.3 0.1 0.8 4.7 3.7 48.9 0.4 0.2 1.3 0.1 1.3 5.2 0.3 5.7 2.1 0.3 0.1 0.9 5.4 1.3 39.3 0.2 0.1 1.1 0.2 1.1 11.3 0.5 4.3 1.8 0.5 0.3 1.6 6.8 2.0 79.2 0.2 0.3 1.9 0.3 1.9 47.6 1.3 4.5 1.8 0.5 0.4 1.9 3.6 2.2 60.2 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.4 2.3 14.0 1.0 4.3 1.7 0.5 0.2 0.9 4.6 1.6 23.8 0.3 0.1 0.6 0.2 0.6 27.9 0.3 4.8 1.8 0.4 0.3 1.4 5.5 3.3 85.7 0.6 0.2 1.1 0.3 1.4 11.0 0.7 3.8 1.9 0.6 0.4 1.0 3.0 1.3 51.0 0.2 0.1 0.6 0.3 1.5 8.6 0.6 3.7 1.8 0.5 0.1 1.3 4.8 4.4 114.8 0.3 0.2 1.0 0.2 0.9 26.5 0.3 3.1 1.9 0.5 0.4 1.1 5.8 1.2 32.1 0.2 0.3 2.6 0.4 2.5 26.1 0.8 3.1 1.6 0.5 0.3 1.5 2.2 0.8 64.7 0.2 0.3 1.8 0.5 2.8 37.2 0.9 5.8 1.6 0.7 0.2 1.2 18.9 2.7 42.6 0.4 0.2 1.4 0.2 1.1 7.3 0.4 7.0 2.0 0.3 0.3 1.5 18.5 6.9 139.3 0.2 0.2 1.5 0.4 2.2 53.6 1.1 4.1 2.1 0.5 0.5 1.8 2.5 1.4 51.3 0.5 0.2 0.9 0.8 3.6 5.9 0.8 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.4 1.7 2.4 1.4 69.2 0.3 0.2 1.5 0.5 3.0 25.7 1.0 3.9 1.4 0.6 0.6 2.0 3.4 2.6 66.3 0.4 0.3 1.1 0.4 2.7 19.8 1.2 4.3 1.4 0.8 0.3 1.0 3.8 1.9 58.1 0.2 0.1 0.6 0.2 1.3 9.8 0.5 5.1 1.5 0.5 0.3 1.7 2.3 1.7 69.7 0.4 0.3 1.1 0.4 1.7 13.2 0.8 4.5 1.7 0.5 0.2 0.7 3.1 1.2 36.9 0.3 0.2 1.8 0.3 1.1 27.4 0.6 3.0 1.7 0.6 0.3 1.7 6.3 2.4 75.9 0.4 0.3 1.0 0.5 2.3 12.1 0.9 4.8 1.8 0.5 0.4 1.1 3.1 1.7 57.2 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.5 1.5 12.7 0.9 4.7 2.5 0.6 5.6E0.361 0.593 0.521 0.215 0.051 0.495 0.117 0.030 0.027 0.685 0.015 0.049 0.144 0.041 05 5.2E0.327 0.242 0.308 0.128 0.020 0.445 0.133 0.047 0.049 0.543 0.031 0.098 0.084 0.071 03 Abbreviation: CDK, cyclin dependent kinase. Site
Patient N1 N2 External N3 control N4 N5 K2 Bottom K4 K5 K1 K2 Margin K3 K4 K5 K1 K2 Mid K3 K4 K1 K2 Normal K3 K4 K5 K2 K3 Top K4 K5 One-way analysis of variance Kruskal-Wallis
by Kruskal-Wallis test shows significant down-regulation of cyclin B1, but the Tukey test showed no significant distribution. The Tukey test for all 5 genes are shown in Figure 2.
WESTERN BLOT Western blotting for protein expression of CDC2 was performed on 8 samples, 2 from normal and 6 from keloid patients as shown in Figure 3. The HeLa cell line was used as a positive control for CDC2 since it expresses CDC2, and β-actin was used as an internal reference for protein loaded in each well. DISCUSSION The origin and pathogenesis of keloid scars continues to be poorly understood. Despite some similarity with equine sarcoids, SKINmed. 2012;10:152–159
CHK2 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.7 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.467 0.106
a major problem faced by researchers is the absence of an animal model, as keloid disease affects only humans. Based on the histological observation of excess and irregular deposition of ECM, most of the work so far has been focused on the characteristics of keloid fibroblasts. Keloid fibroblasts are found to overproduce fibronectin and collagen when compared with normal fibroblasts.9,10 Other cells such as the keratinocytes are thought to also have a potential role in pathogenesis of keloids, and support exists for epithelial-mesenchymal interactions being instrumental in modulating fibroblast behavior in keloids by paracrine signalling. Cytokines are also considered to be involved in the pathogenesis of keloid scars. TGF-β1 and TGF-β2 are the main cytokines responsible for stimulating the synthesis of collagen and fibronectin in keloid scars.
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ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Cyclin E2 Tukey test
CDC2 Tukey test External control
0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 Means distribution
p27 Tukey test
0.6 0.8 1 Means significant
Cyclin B1 Tukey test
0.3 0.4 0.5 Means significant
1.5 2 2.5 Means significant
Figure 2. (A) CDC2 messenger RNA (mRNA) expression Tukey test. (B) p27 mRNA expression Tukey test. (C) Cyclin A mRNA expression Tukey test. (D) Cyclin E2 mRNA expression Tukey test. (E) Cyclin B1 mRNA expression Tukey test.
Cyclin A Tukey test External control Bottom
serve to control the order and timing of cell-cycle transition and ensure that critical events are completed without any error. When one cell cycle has not been successfully completed, checkpoints will delay progression until the error is corrected and only then can cell cycle progress toward completion. Defects in cell-cycle checkpoint pathways result in genomic instability and have been implicated in transformation of normal cells into cancer cells.12
Margin Middle Normal Top –0.1
0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 Means significant
“Cell cycle” denotes the orderly sequence of events required for cell duplication. The main engine that drives the cell cycle is controlled by the family of serine/threonine protein kinases called cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs).11 As indicated by the name, its association with the regulatory subunit known as cyclin is an absolute requirement for kinase activity.12 To strictly control the proper progression of the cell cycle, besides CDKs and cyclins, mammalian cells have developed a number of regulatory pathways collectively known as “cell-cycle checkpoints” that SKINmed. 2012;10:152–159
The focus of this study was to look at the gene expression of some of these key regulators of cell cycle in fibroblasts. Fibroblasts from different regions of keloid scar as well as fibroblasts from nonkeloid patients were harvested and primary cultures produced in tissue culture flasks. The division of keloid scars into 4 regions is novel and was set up to look for differentiation within different regions of the scar. Two controls were used to compare the gene expression: one internal and one external. The internal control comprised cells retrieved from normal tissue from keloid patients while the external control came from patients who had no previous history of keloid or any skin diseases.
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A reference gene screen was carried out to see which genes were expressed constantly throughout the samples. HPRT1 and HMBS were found to be the most stably expressed, while GAPDH, which is a gene employed as a reference gene in many other studies, was the least stably expressed. From this study, mRNA expression of some of the genes investigated were seen to be different than the external normal control material. For example, CDC2 mRNA expression showed down-regulation across all keloid sites including internal normal compared with the external normal controls. This could suggest that people who are susceptible to forming keloid scars may have underexpression of this mRNA and encoded protein. Western blot confirmed this relationship, showing that the protein expression of CDC2 is only present in very small amounts in sample K2 normal and not present in any other sample (Figure 3). The down-regulation of this mRNA, and hence its protein, may be due to other factors that were not investigated in this study, but this could be further investigated for use as a biomarker to distinguish keloid fibroblasts from normal fibroblasts. Fibroblasts from the bottom section of the keloid scar show down-regulation in cyclin E2 and cyclin A, and might imply that this part of the scar is the most suppressed region, fitting with the surgical term of the quiescent replication region of the scar. Although the Tukey test shows no significant change
in cyclin B1 mRNA expression, it displays the lowest expression in the same bottom section. The only gene that showed up-regulation of mRNA in comparison to the external control was p27 in the bottom region of surgically excised keloid tissues. The p27 protein binds to and prevents the activation of cyclin E-CDK2 or cyclin D-CDK413 complexes. Again, the only region where this may carry significance is in the bottom of the scar. This study cannot link down-regulation of cyclin A and E2 with up-regulation of p27, but it is highly probable that up-regulation of one CDK inhibitor could lead to cascades of events that might cause down-regulation of the cyclin family in an indirect manner. The Kruskal-Wallis test fitted the data much better than one-way ANOVA. The reason for this is that the Kruskal-Wallis test does not assume a normal population. CONCLUSIONS This study uniquely analyzed fibroblast mRNA expression across different sites of keloid scars. From the transcript levels it is suggested that the discrimination and dissection of the sites was carried out with relative care. This is shown where the level of mRNAs associated with cell cycle suppression is mostly detected in the bottom region of the scar, and where expected. The margin, however, which is known as the most proliferative part of the scar, did not show any major change in the level of mRNA expression. This observation was not expected and may be a reflection of the inappropriate selection of transcripts to reveal active cell proliferation. Figure 4 summarizes these findings. The diagram is a schematic representation of a keloid scar. The numbers relate to the number of genes that showed significant difference in expression. The bottom shows 4 of 4, indicating that all 4 genes exhibited altered expression at this site, while other regions of the keloid scar only scored 1 of 4.
Figure 4. Schematic diagram of a scar showing the proliferative and nonproliferative regions of the scar. The ratio shows the number of significant changes in gene expression out of the total significant change found. The bottom section of the scar shows that all 4 genes found to be significant in gene expression in this study are expressed differently in this region.
Figure 3. Western blot of CDC2 expression. Gel image (A) shows β-actin expression and gel image (B) shows CDC2 expression. HeLa cells were used as positive controls for CDC2 expression. SKINmed. 2012;10:152–159
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CDC2 down-regulation in the lower regions of keloid scars has been the prominent finding in this study. Employing carefully selected reference transcripts, the levels of CDC2 expression were very low compared with the external normal across all the sites, including internal normal. This observation was further confirmed at protein levels with Western blotting. Although further validation is required, these data could suggest that people who develop keloids have low CDC2 expression. Acknowledgement: Dr Yun Xu, University of Manchester, assisted with one-way analysis of variance and Kruskal-Wallis analysis.
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HISTORICAL DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT: SYPHILIS PRIMARIA. (continued from page 142) SYNONYMS: CHANCRE; HARD CHANCRE.
Spirochaeta pallida finds its way into the system by inoculation. After a period of incubation that may last for two to ten weeks but is usually about three, at the point of entry the first evidence of syphilis arises and is the chancre. About one week after the appearance of the primary lesion on the penis the inguinal glands become discretely and painlessly enlarged and hard. As a rule the chancre starts as a macule, scratch or erosion, beneath which a papule soon forms and increases in size to that of a finger nail. It is usually surrounded by a dark red areola. The surface may be dry and crusted with layers of exfoliated epidermis or it may be superficially or deeply ulcerated. Most often it is merely abraded, polished and raw looking or slightly moist and partly covered by a gray film of adherent pseudomembrane. The most marked, constant and typical characteristic of the chancre is its induration. Surrounding or underlying the surface lesion is an extended or more often a sharply circumscribed region of superficial or deep infiltration. This usually becomes palpable the fifth to tenth day after the appearance of the chancre and reaches its maximum in another week when the infiltrated tissue may be of almost cartilaginous hardness, The infiltration may remain long after any ulceration has healed, even for several months, though generally both the ulceration and the induration disappear in four to six weeks and the glandular swelling subsides soon afterwards. The chancre does not leave a scar unless it has been deeply ulcerated. In men three-fourths of all genital chancres are located on the cervix of the penis, on the glans near the
frenum, or on the margin of the preputial opening. The others are at or about the meatus or upon the skin of the penis, scrotum or groin. The chancre is usually single; two or more may be acquired at the same time, but it is unusual for one chancre to produce others by auto-inoculation. DIAGNOSIS: Secondary or mixed infection may effectually
obliterate all of the characteristics of a syphilitic sore, and a nonspecific herpetic erosion or a chancroid may at times closely resemble a typical chancre. A lesion which develops less than five days after exposure to contagion is not a chancre even if syphilis was acquired at that time. A sore which appears more than ten days after the last coitus is probably a chancre. However in no case is it justifiable to start constitutional syphilitic treatment until Spirochaeta pallida can be identified in the secretion expressed from the sore, or unless secondary syphilitic lesions are present to confirm the diagnosis. TREATMENT: The chancre heals promptly when the general
mercurial treatment is begun. Usually the only local treatment required for an uncomplicated chancre is cleansing with soap and water and dusting with calomel. If the sore ulcerates iodoform may be used or a wet dressing of one to three thousand mercuric chlorid. As regards the use of arsenic in the treatment of syphilis, it will require many years to determine whether or not certain arsenic compounds which are now being extensively substituted for mercury, are as harmless in themselves and as certain in results as the old and well tried remedies.
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Volume 10 • Issue 3
Paget’s Disease of the Breast Juliana Corrêa Marques-Costa, MD;1 Tullia Cuzzi, MD, PhD;2 Sueli Carneiro, MD, PhD;1,2,3 Lawrence Charles Parish, MD, MD (Hon);4 Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD1 ABSTRACT The initial presentation of Paget’s disease of the breast is an eczematous lesion, similar to contact dermatitis, in the skin of the breast at the areola and/or nipple and is refractory to usual topical treatments. It is frequent among women, especially those in their 50s and 60s. Most cases are associated with an in situ or underlying invasive breast neoplasia. The histopathology is usually diagnostic, with immunohistochemistry useful for its differentiation from melanoma and other types of tumors. Treatment should always be surgical with invasive procedures for the effective and complete removal of the breast tumor. (SKINmed. 2012;10:160–165)
aget’s disease of the breast affects the areola and/or the nipple, usually with unilateral lesions resembling eczematous dermatitis. Most cases are associated with an underlying in situ or invasive mammary neoplasm.1,2 HISTORY
The disease was first described in England by Sir James Paget in 1874, with lesions in the breast areola being eczematous and initially benign but demonstrating neoplastic changes in 1 to 2 years.3 In 1904, Jacobaeus investigated three cases of Paget’s disease of the breast and demonstrated the epidermotropism of malignant cells of an underlying mammary adenocarcinoma disclosed by histopathology.4 EPIDEMIOLOGY Paget’s disease occurs mainly in women, in a proportion of 1:100. It has been described in patients aged from 26 to 82 years, being rare in women in their 40s, but frequent in the following 2 decades.1 It is an uncommon presentation of a breast neoplasm, representing 0.5% to 5% of all mammary tumors.5 Most cases are related to an underlying neoplasia, whether in situ or ductal invasive carcinoma. Recent studies have demonstrated an association of 67% to 100% of Paget’s disease with underlying neoplasias.6 Despite its comparative rarity, Paget’s disease may be associated with neoplasms in the contralateral breast. The first case of the disease was described as
appearing years after a radical mastectomy carried out in the other breast.7 Breast cancer is rare in men, representing only about 1% of cases. Paget’s disease, observed in men between 43 and 81 years,8 is still infrequent, with fewer than 50 cases published in the medical literature.9 The majority are associated with carcinoma of the underlying breast, with only two isolated cases8 and one with bilateral lesions.9 When affecting other areas, it is called extramammary Paget’s disease, representing about 6.5% of cases. In this form, the vulva is the most typical location, which is responsible for 65% of the cases and rarely associated with underlying neoplasia.10,11 There are 4 reported cases of an association between breast and vulvar Paget’s disease12 and 14 cases of extramammary associated with neoplasia of the breast.6 IMMUNOPATHOGENY The histogenesis of Paget’s disease is an extremely controversial issue. There are two main theories, both plausible, that aim to elucidate its pathogeny and have influenced the therapeutic approach. The first one, called the epidermotropic theory, suggests that the Paget cells are originally apocrine ductal cells that became malignant, originating in a ductal carcinoma migrating through the breast epidermal basal membrane of the underlying ducts. This theory is based on the presence of breast neoplasia associated with intraductal or invasive carcinoma of the breast in the majority of patients. Superexpression of oncoprotein c-erb
From the Sector of Dermatology and Post Graduation Course of Dermatology, HUCFF/UFRJ and School of Medicine, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;1 Sector of Pathology, HUCFF/UFRJ and School of Medicine, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;2 Sector of Dermatology, HUPE/UERJ and School of Medicine, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;3 the Jefferson Center for International Dermatology, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA4 Address for Correspondence: Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD, Rua Dona Mariana 143/C-32, 22280-020, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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B2 in Paget cells may suggest the hypothesis that the keratinocytes release a chemotactic factor that attracts Paget cells to the epidermis.5,13 The theory of in situ malignant transformation proposes that Paget cells are transformed malignant keratinocytes. Paget’s disease is an in situ carcinoma, regardless of the associated breast neoplasia.13 This is a process that affects the epidermis of the nipple in the same way it does the underlying breast parenchyma, sometimes with lesions without dermal alterations or without direct connection with the tumor.5 CLINICAL PRESENTATIONS Paget’s disease can be seen in three different forms: (1) alterations restricted to the skin of the nipple and areola (some authors call it “extramammary Paget’s disease of the breast”10); (2) alterations in nipple and/or areola associated to an underlying palpable mass; and (3) isolated breast tumor (subclinical Paget’s disease).13 The initial clinical picture can be nonspecific or discreet, appearing with pruritus, burning, and paresthesia of the nipple and areola;
small crusts; and, more rarely, serous-blood papillary discharge and a palpable mass (Figure 1A and Figure 1B). In its progression, an eczematous or psoriasiform lesion appears, with raised borders and irregular contour, along with exudate and crusting limited to the nipple and areola but also extending to the breast. The lesion is usually unilateral, with exceptional bilateral occurrence.14 There is a case of a lesion on an accessory nipple.15 In the more advanced stages, the crusts and exudate are more exuberant with the possibility of ulcerations and changes to the nipple and areola architecture.10,16,17 The nipple can be retracted or even deformed and a mass or nodule can be palpable deep in the breast. Pruritus is the prevailing symptom and can be associated with excoriations.10 About 50% of the patients present a palpable mass in the breast and 90% to 94% of these are already in an advanced stage of the disease. The lymph nodes should be examined, with special attention to the axillary and supraclavicular nodes. In cases not associated with a clinically detectable breast mass, which is seldom palpable, the tumor is frequently detectable only in more advanced stages.10 Evolution of the cutaneous lesions is slow, and patients often postpone visiting the physician for at least a year or more. There are about 34 cases of Paget’s disease with pigmented lesions reported in the literature.18 They present as asymptomatic punctiform lesions, macules, or plaques of light brown to black, sometimes with intermingled erythematous areas and irregular format showing slow and progressive growth.19–24 HISTOPATHOLOGY The histopathology of Paget’s disease is marked by the presence of Paget cells. These are large round or oval intraepidermal structures comprising abundant and clear cytoplasm, with large, hyperchromatic, eccentric, and pleomorphic nucleus with visible, although not protuberant, nucleolus. After periodic acidSchiff stain, abundant intracellular mucopolisaccharides are observed while intercellular bridges are absent.1 Paget’s cells can be found in all levels of the epidermis in small numbers or occupying whole portions of the epidermis. They can be found isolated or in small aggregates, without forming nests, sometimes pressing but preserving the basal layer. They can extend to the follicular epithelium of the gland ducts. Mitoses are frequent and can be atypical.1,10 It is suggested that the morphology of those cells is identical in both mammary and extramammary Paget’s disease, with differences only regarding the immunophenotype.25
Figure 1. Early stage of Paget’s disease in a patient with a contralateral mastectomy (A). Closer view of the lesion (B).
Toker cells are intraepidermal cells present in 10% of normal nipples with clear and abundant cytoplasm, as well as small and eccentric nuclei. They are usually located in the basal layer, around the milk duct orifices, but in case of hyperplasia, they
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REVIEW pagetoid cells in situ squamous cell carcinoma, mycosis fungoides, cutaneous tumors of the adnexa (sebaceous gland carcinoma or porocarcinoma), Merkel cells carcinoma, Langerhans cells histiocytosis, and some cutaneous epidermotropic metastases.1,19 Immunohistochemistry can be useful as an aid in the diagnosis and to establish the differential, especially with malignant melanoma (Figure 3). Cytokeratin (CK) 7 is the more sensitive marker, present in more than 90% of the Paget cells, but not entirely specific.25,26,28 In normal nipples, Toker and Merkel cells can be CK7 positive.28 CK8 and CK18 can also be positive (Figures 4 and 5). Oncoprotein c-erb B2 is expressed in up to 90% of the cases of breast Paget’s disease and seems to be correlated with the presence of underlying mammary neoplasia and with a worse prognosis.5,17,29,30 Patients with cutaneous lesion, but without palpable mammary mass, can have the diagnosis of Paget’s disease of the breast excluded if epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) and c-erb B2
Figure 2. Late stage of Paget’s disease (A). Closer view (B).
extend to the upper layers, forming aggregates that can be mistaken for Paget cells. It has been proposed that these cells are present in cases with no underlying neoplasia. Immunohistochemistry of these cells is similar to that of Paget cells. Morphology is the main form for their differentiation.26
Figure 3. Paget’s disease affecting almost the entire anterior aspect of the trunk.
In the epidermis, acanthosis, hyperkeratosis, and parakeratosis can be present, and in advanced cases, ulceration. In the dermis, it is possible to observe mononuclear inflammatory infiltrate and vascular neoformation (Figure 2A and Figure 2B).5 In cases of pigmented lesions, Paget’s cells contain abundant melanin granules19 due to melanocytic proliferation and an increase of pigment synthesis. The responsible mechanism for this occurrence is not completely understood, and it has been suggested that the neoplastic cells produce melanocyte chemotactic factors and fibroblast growth factor, which stimulates the proliferation of melanocytes.27 These characteristics, however, are insufficient to classify such lesions as melanocytic.1 The pagetoid aspect of the cells present in this disease simulates other intraepidermal neoplasias, such as malignant melanoma, SKINmed. 2012;10:160–165
Figure 4. Histopathology of Paget’s disease (hematoxylineosin stain, original magnification ×10). Paget’s Disease of the Breast
REVIEW DIAGNOSIS Diagnosis requires careful clinical evaluation when suspecting unilateral eczema-like lesions in the nipple, which do not respond to adequate therapy. It is necessary to perform a biopsy for histopathologic examination, preferably of the nipple. The full thickness of the epidermis and dermis should be included and immunohistochemistry should be performed. Dermatoscopy of these lesions does not illustrate, so far, an effectively defined pattern, but some reports demonstrated irregular areas of brown pigmentation with dots and globules, gray-bluish areas or red-milky areas with irregular vascular pattern. These findings make the differential diagnosis of melanoma almost impossible.19,21 Confocal microscopy reveals large atypical cells arranged in pagetoid form, resembling malignant melanocytic lesions, associated with epidermal disarray of poorly defined borders and suggestive of extensive superficial melanoma.19 The histopathologic and immunohistochemical examination are fundamental to obtain differentiation.20
Figure 5. Histopathology of Paget’s disease (hematoxylineosin stain, original magnification ×40).
are not detected or highly suggested, when both are expressed. In cases where EMA expression by the Paget cells occurs, but not c-erb B2, a breast adenoma or associated in situ ductal carcinoma can be suggested.30 The expression of mucin core protein (MUC) glycoprotein can be helpful in the diagnosis of Paget’s disease. MUC1 is expressed in almost all cases of the mammary and extramammary disease, while MUC2 is usually negative in extramammary and positive only in cases associated with an underlying gastric adenocarcinoma. MUC3 is positive in about 75% of the cases of Paget’s mammary disease and rarely expressed in extramammary cases.25 MUC5AC does not usually present positivity in mammary cases, and is controversial in extramammary cases (40% to 100%). The cases associated with underlying neoplasia can show different immunophenotypes.25,31–33 The expression of each of these glycoproteins may be related to the behavior and prognosis of underlying mammary neoplasia.34 Protein S100, HMB 45, and Melan A are not expressed in the Paget cells and are fundamental for the differential diagnosis with malignant melanoma. Additionally, Paget cells are not marked by CD1a, CD5, and CD68, contributing to other differential diagnoses.20,23,24 Paget cells can also demonstrate reactivity for the carcinoembrionary antigen (CEA) in approximately 35% of the cases.5,26,35 In one report, the androgen receptors could be detected in 88% of cases of mammary and in 78% of extramammary Paget’s disease. The estrogen receptor was positive in 10% of the mammary cases and negative in all progesterone cases.33 SKINmed. 2012;10:160–165
Breast imaging with ultrasound, mammography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and nuclear medicine can be useful in detecting or discarding underlying neoplasias. The majority of cases demonstrate that about 50% of the patients with Paget’s disease do not show alterations in their mammographies.5,13 Its sensitivity, however, is extremely high (97%) in the presence of a palpable mass in the breast; this has small significance (50%) in cases of disease confined to the nipple without a palpable mass. Mammographic findings include thickening of the skin, nipple, and areola; retraction of the nipple; subareolar microcalcifications or diffuse calcifications; masses; and distortion of the architecture. Bilateral examination is required for precise detection of the suspicious lesions and for evaluation of the other breast. This is needed in order to exclude a multifocal disease or other associated neoplasias and to serve as a control for cases where a conservative treatment option is chosen.5 Ultrasound should be considered at the beginning of the investigation, especially in cases in which mammography did not detect alterations.5 There is presence of an underlying breast tumor in 67% of 52 patients with histologically evidenced Paget’s disease. Of these, 2% have normal mammography.13 Nuclear magnetic resonance of the breast can detect hidden mammary tumors confined to the retroareolar tissue, involving the nipple and/or areola without clinically suspicious expression.5 Nuclear medicine can be useful in the detection of nipple diseases, through the capture of 99m Tc MIBI by the proliferative intraductal Paget cells; however, this is still a limited technique that requires more study.5 Such examinations, however, can be normal even with prevalent disease, emphasizing the role of the clinical and histopathologic role in the diagnosis.
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DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS Paget’s disease should be differentiated from nipple contact dermatitis, psoriasis, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Bowen’s disease, scabies, dermatophytosis, and bullous diseases, among others.1,5,10 Contact dermatitis of the nipple is the main differential diagnosis. It is usually bilateral, has raised borders and superficial hardening, and shows a good response to topical corticosteroid therapy.16 Basal cell carcinoma and Bowen’s disease, despite being rare in the nipple, may be clinically similar to Paget’s disease, requiring histopathologic examination for differentiation.16
skin and later affect the mammary tissue and lymph nodes with possible metastases.10 The most important positive factor for a better prognosis in the evolution of Paget’s disease of the breast is its early diagnosis and removal, together with the underlying intraductal carcinoma. It is necessary to warn women regarding this type of cancer, which can remain for long periods as a purely cutaneous lesion without relevance, but may only be the “tip of the iceberg” of a malignant tumor. REFERENCES
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TREATMENT The treatment of choice is surgical excision of the lesions and underlying neoplasia, if existent. Photodynamic therapy and topical imiquimod, despite being therapeutic options for an extramammary disease, should not be used in cases of Paget’s breast disease due to the risk of existence of an underlying neoplasia.37 The decision to perform a radical or conservative mastectomy, adjuvant therapies (radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy), and axillary or sentinel lymph node emptying should remain at the discretion of the oncologist, considering in each case the extension of the disease and the associated comorbidities.1,38,39 EVOLUTION Patients with Paget’s disease without palpable breast mass have noninvasive disease, while those with palpable mass have an invasive carcinoma. The prognosis of the former is excellent when compared with the latter. Recent studies suggest a survival rate of 5 years in 90% to 100% and 20% to 65% of patients, respectively.40 5
The disease shows a similar clinical evolution in both sexes ; however, in men, the prognosis appears worse, with a 5-year survival rate of about 20% to 30%.10 It is inferred, therefore, that prognosis depends on the presence or absence of an underlying neoplasia and precocious treatment. Without treatment, the cutaneous lesions of Paget’s disease disseminate through the SKINmed. 2012;10:160–165
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SELF-TEST REVIEW QUESTIONS W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD, Section Editor Instructions: For each of the following numbered questions, choose the appropriate lettered response(s). Unless directed to choose only one lettered response, all, some, or none of the responses may be correct. 1)
The main clinical differential diagnosis of mammary Paget’s disease is: (Choose the single best response.) a. amelanotic melanoma. b. basal cell carcinoma. c. Bowen’s disease. d. contact dermatitis. e. dermatophytosis. f. scabies.
Dermoscopy of lesions of Paget’s disease: (Choose the single best response.) a. allows ready differentiation from amelanotic melanoma. b. allows ready differentiation from melanotic melanoma. c. has not been reported, to date, to reveal an effectively defined pattern.
Photodynamic therapy and topical imiquimod are reasonable therapeutic options for: (Choose the single best response.) a. mammary Paget’s disease. b. extramammary Paget’s disease. c. both. d. neither.
Which of the following immunohistochemical stains are often positive in mammary Paget’s disease? (Answer as many as apply.) a. AE1/AE3 b. CD1a c. CD5 d. CD68 e. c-erb B2 f. CK7 g. Anti-HER2 h. HMB 45 i. MUC1 j. Protein S100 Toker cells: (Answer as many as apply.) a. are equivalent to Merkel cells in non-nipple skin. b. are present in the upper dermis in 10 percent of normal nipples. c. have clear and abundant cytoplasm. d. in cases of Toker cell hyperplasia, may be mistaken for Paget’s disease. e. may readily be distinguished from Paget’s cells using immunohistochemistry.
ANSWERS TO SELF-TEST REVIEW QUESTIONS: 1) d; 2) c; 3) b; 4) a, e, f, g, i; 5) c, d From the Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ Address for Correspondence: W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD, Room C520 MSB, UMDNJ-NJMS, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07101 • E-mail: email@example.com
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Diagnosis and Treatment of Calciphylaxis Suyin Ong, BSc, MBBChir, MSc, MRCP; I.H. Coulson, BSc, MBBS, FRCP ABSTRACT Calciphylaxis occurs due to calcium deposition in arterioles, which leads to ischemic ulceration of overlying skin. Two-year mortality rates from sepsis ranges from 50% to 80%. Calciphylaxis is most common in hyperparathyroidism secondary to chronic renal impairment and rarely occurs in the setting of normal renal function. Biopsy of the calciphylaxis ulcer reveals calcium deposits lining the vascular intima. Tissue calcification may also be seen on plain radiographs. Calcium-phosphate metabolism should be normalized by treating any underlying hyperparathyroidism with bisphosphonates, parathyroidectomy, and/or cinacalcet in addition to dialysis in chronic renal failure. Intravenous sodium thiosulfate has been used successfully to treat renal and normo-renal calciphylaxis. Sodium thiosulfate displaces calcium ions from calcium deposits to form calcium thiosulfate, which is excreted by the kidneys or dialyzed. Systemic glucocorticoids may prevent ulceration of early plaques of calciphylaxis. Hyperbaric oxygen, skin grafting, and iloprost infusions are useful adjuncts in the management of this debilitating condition. (SKINmed. 2012;10:166–170)
Warfarinization, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, vitamin D, calcium supplementation, phosphate-binding agents, estrogen, and iron supplementation were not statistically significant risk factors for calciphylaxis.3
POSTULATED PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC MECHANISMS
HYPERPARATHYROIDISM IN CHRONIC RENAL DISEASE
alciphylaxis (synonym calcific uremic arteriolopathy) results from calcification of arterioles and subsequent thrombosis and skin ischemia. Extensive skin ulceration and sepsis causes death in up to 80% of patients with end-stage renal failure and up to 50% of patients with normal renal function.
Hyperparathyroidism, hypercalcemia, and hyperphosphatemia in combination with hypertension and arteriosclerosis promotes calcification of both large and small blood vessels. These risk factors, which congregate in chronic renal disease patients, put these patients at high risk for developing calciphylaxis, hence the synonym calcific uremic arteriolopathy. Hepatic disease also increases the risk for calciphylaxis, but the mechanism remains unclear. A possible reason is that vitamin K is reduced in liver disease, which is required for post-translational gamma-carboxylation of matrix gamma-carboxyglutamic acid protein, fetuin or growth arrest–specific gene 6. These are calcification inhibitors produced by vascular smooth muscle cells. Warfarin, which inhibits vitamin K–dependent carboxylation of these calcification inhibitors, is thought to encourage vascular calcification in this way.1,2 Liver disease and body mass index >30kg/m2 were significantly associated with calciphylaxis in multivariate analysis comparing dialysis patients with calciphylaxis and dialysis patients without calciphylaxis. Use of systemic corticosteroids was significant only in univariate analysis but not significant in multivariate analysis.
Hyperparathyroidism leads to increased serum calcium and decreased serum phosphate. This is because parathyroid hormone stimulates the release of calcium and phosphate from bone, and increases calcium but decreases phosphate reabsorption in the kidneys. Parathyroid hormone also increases 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 production in the kidney, which stimulates intestinal calcium and phosphate absorption. Secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic kidney disease occurs due to insufficient renal 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. Low serum calcium levels stimulate release of parathyroid hormone. Increasing the serum calcium levels still exerts a negative feedback effect on parathyroid hormone production, but after prolonged secondary hyperparathyroidism, the parathyroid gland becomes hyperplastic and autonomously secretes excessive parathyroid hormone. This is tertiary hyperparathyroidism. DIAGNOSIS Early calciphylaxis presents as painful plaques often on the lower legs or on fatty areas (breasts, buttocks, thighs). There may or may not be surrounding livedo reticularis as it starts to ulcerate,
From the Department of Dermatology, Burnley General Hospital, Burnley, United Kingdom Address for Correspondence: Suyin Ong, BSc, MBBChir, MSc, MRCP, Department of Dermatology, Burnley General Hospital, Casterton Avenue, Burnley BB10 2PQ, United Kingdom • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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REVIEW and biopsy would be useful to exclude vasculitis (Figure 1). Histological evidence of calcium deposits within pannicular arterioles confirms the diagnosis of calciphylaxis (Figure 2). Vascular calcium deposits have been demonstrated to comprise mainly calcium phosphate in the form of calcium hydroxylapatite and calcium carbonate. Biopsy of an early calciphylaxis plaque, however, can trigger ulceration, and there are several reports that recommend plain radiography to demonstrate soft tissue calcification for diagnosis particularly for early plaque-type calciphylaxis in chronic kidney disease.4,5 Listed in Table I are diagnostic tests helpful in identifying biochemical abnormalities that increase the risk of calciphylaxis. TREATMENT
RENAL REPLACEMENT THERAPY Increasing the frequency and duration of hemodialysis sessions, using low calcium dialysate, or temporarily switching to continuous veno-venous hemofiltration may improve outcome in rapidly ulcerating calciphylaxis associated with chronic kidney disease.5
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Figure 1. Small ulcer on the posterior calf with livedo reticularis apparent on the medial aspect of the left lower leg. The biopsy suture is visible.
Primary and tertiary hyperparathyroidism generally require parathyroidectomy. Mild secondary hyperparathyroidism is treated by vitamin D supplementation (calcitriol or alfacalcidol) and calcium supplementation. Calcium-free phosphate binders, eg, sevelamer, are used to reduce phosphate absorption from the gut. The aim is to keep the calcium-phosphorus product below 55Â mg2/dL2, as a level higher than this is associated with higher risk of calciphylaxis.6 Vitamin D and calcium supplements, however, are best avoided if calciphylaxis ulceration or plaques are already present. Table I. Summary of Recommended Investigations Full blood count Urea and creatinine Liver function Corrected calcium Phosphate Calcium-phosphorus index (<55 mg2/dL2) Parathyroid hormone Coagulation profile Thrombophilia screen (factor V Leiden, anti-cardiolipin Ab, lupus anticoagulant, protein C, protein S, homocysteine) Skin biopsy Plain radiographs
Figure 2. Calcium crystals within an arteriole in subcutaneous fat, from skin biopsy of the ulcer shown in Figure 1. SKINmed. 2012;10:166â€“170
Technetium-99 scintigraphy to exclude visceral calcification
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CINACALCET Cinacalcet is a calcimimetic and increases the sensitivity of calciumsensing receptors on the parathyroid gland, subsequently reducing parathyroid hormone production. Cinacalcet is used as adjunctive treatment in dialysis patients with refractory secondary hyperparathyroidism, ie, parathyroid hormone levels >800 pg/mL (or 85 pmol/L) despite a normal or high adjusted serum calcium, and if parathyroidectomy is contraindicated.7 Cinacalcet was successfully used to treat calciphylaxis ulceration due to secondary hyperparathyroidism in several case reports where parathyroidectomy was delayed or contraindicated.8,9 Cinacalcet should be discontinued if the parathyroid hormone level is chronically suppressed below 1.5 times the upper limit of normal to reduce the risk of adynamic bone disease (renal osteodystrophy).10 This is a condition caused by a low turnover of bone, which results in bone being unable to take up circulating calcium and consequent osteopenia and bone resorption.
BISPHOSPHONATES There are three case reports on the successful use of bisphosphonates in treating calciphylaxis ulcers in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Two of these used oral etidronate 200 mg/d for 14 days11,12 and one used intravenous (IV) pamidronate 30 mg for five treatments over a 2-week period.13 All these patients had secondary hyperparathyroidism with high calcium-phosphorus indices. There is one case report on pamidronate for normorenal calciphylaxis, but this patient had mild hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid hormone 89.7 pg/mL) and mildly raised serum alkaline phosphatase, which may be secondary to vitamin D deficiency. Plain radiography of this patient’s legs also revealed calcification of major arteries in the legs including the anterior tibial, posterior tibial, and fibular arteries.14 How a bisphosphonate could reduce vascular calcification is not fully understood, but alendronate and ibandronate have both been shown to inhibit vascular calcification in a rat model that used vitamin D to induce vascular arterial calcification.15
OTHER DRUGS SODIUM THIOSULFATE There are multiple case reports on sodium thiosulfate in calciphylaxis ulceration both in the setting of end-stage renal failure16–19 and in normo-renal calciphylaxis.6,20 Sodium thiosulfate has also been successfully used to treat calciphylaxis in children undergoing dialysis.5 There is one case report on progression of calciphylaxis due to tertiary hyperparathyroidism and end-stage renal failure resulting in death despite thrice-weekly hemodialysis, parathyroidectomy, and 10 weeks of IV sodium thiosulfate (25 g SKINmed. 2012;10:166–170
thrice weekly).21 The other case where sodium thiosulfate failed to heal calciphylaxis ulceration was in an obese patient with type II diabetes mellitus undergoing peritoneal dialysis who experienced a stroke with subsequent epilepsy and aspiration pneumonia.22 Sodium thiosulfate is an established antidote to cyanide poisoning (12.5 g or 50 mL of a 25% solution at a rate of 3 to 5 mL/ min). In 1985, it was demonstrated that oral sodium thiosulfate 20 mmol/d reduced the incidence of kidney stones from 100 stones in a 3-year control period to 3 stones during a 4-year treatment period (n=34 patients).23 Subsequently, daily 10 to 20 mmol of oral sodium thiosulfate and/or 10 to 20 mmol IV sodium thiosulfate at the end of hemodialysis for 3 to 15 months caused symptomatic and radiological dissolution of articular (4 patients), as well as penile and perineal soft tissue calcification (1 patient).24 Sodium thiosulfate is thought to act by displacing calcium from calcium phosphate to form calcium thiosulfate, which is much more soluble than any of the other calcium salts (sulphate, citrate, carbonate, phosphate, and oxalate). Calcium thiosulfate is then excreted in the urine by the kidneys or via hemodialysis.23 The theoretical chemical equilibrium reaction between sodium thiosulfate and calcium phosphate is as follows: 3Na2S2O3 + Ca3(PO4)2 ļ 3CaS2O3 + 2Na3PO4. The prompt relief of pain following sodium thiosulfate infusions may stem from vasodilatation, leading to relief of tissue ischemia as evidenced by improved transcutaneous partial oxygen pressure and thermography.25
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION OF SODIUM THIOSULFATE The commonly used regimen is 25 g IV sodium thiosulfate via a central venous catheter over 30 to 60 minutes 3 times per week in adults infused after dialysis sessions.16,18,19,26,27 Normo-renal calciphylaxis was treated with IV sodium thiosulfate 5 g daily6 or 25 g 3 times per week.20 The dose used for children or young adults in end-stage renal failure is 25 g/1.73m2 body surface area, again after thrice-weekly dialysis.5 There is no evidence that sodium thiosulfate needs to be administered via a central venous catheter and it is usually given via peripheral cannulae for cyanide poisoning. As the sodium thiosulfate infusions need to be given over a period of weeks, however, a peripherally inserted central catheter provides longer-term IV access. Side effects include anion gap metabolic acidosis due to the generation of thiosulfuric acid, nausea, vomiting, rhinorrhea, and sinus congestion. Most of the patients did not develop alterations of calcium or phosphate levels. In one case report, a patient developed a low ionized calcium level of 0.88 mmol/L causing a prolonged QT interval following low-calcium dialysate for hemodialysis and sodium thiosulfate infusions.5
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Pentoxyfylline was used at 400 mg twice daily along with intensive wound care to successfully manage a case of normo-renal calciphylaxis with alcoholic liver cirrhosis and elevated calcium and phosphate.28
The treatment of calciphylaxis is not straightforward and is summarized in Table II. It is important to normalize the parameters of calcium metabolism particularly in renal disease using phosphate binders, parathyroidectomy, calcimimetics, and bisphosphonates. Renal replacement therapy should probably be intensified in cases of quickly worsening ulceration. There is growing evidence for sodium thiosulfate to treat both renal and normo-renal calciphylaxis. Intensive wound care is paramount whilst hyperbaric oxygen therapy, skin grafting, oral pentoxyfylline, and iloprost infusions are helpful adjunctive treatments. Epidemiological data on risk factors for calciphylaxis and the efficacy of therapeutic strategies is being collected in several calciphylaxis registries worldwide to improve evidence-based treatment of this debilitating disease with a poor survival rate (Table III).
SYSTEMIC GLUCOCORTICOIDS Oral prednisone 30 to 50 mg once daily for 3 to 5 weeks has been used successfully only in early nonulcerative plaques of calciphylaxis. Systemic glucocorticoids are contraindicated in patients with ulcerating calciphylaxis or peripheral vascular disease and patients at high risk for infection.4
INTENSIVE WOUND CARE Wound infections should be treated with appropriate antibiotics, and gentle wound debridement with silver sulfadiazine or enzymatic debridement20,28 has been advocated. Conversely, some researchers advise against any surgical debridement of calciphylaxis ulcers.29
Table II. Summary of Management of Calciphylaxis Aim to normalize calcium metabolism Intensify renal replacement therapy Calcium-free phosphate binders
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing 100% oxygen at up to 2.5 atmospheres of pressure in a sealed chamber that is pressurized to the same degree. A monoplace chamber is pressurized with 100% oxygen and a mask need not be worn, while a multiplace chamber is pressurized with air and each individual wears a mask that delivers pressurized 100% oxygen. Each session lasts between 60 to 90 minutes and is typically carried out daily for many weeks.
Bisphosphonate Calcimimetic (hyperparathyroidism only) Parathyroidectomy (hyperparathyroidism only) Dissolve calcium deposits Intravenous sodium thiosulfate General wound care Analgesia
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to help in healing calciphylaxis ulcers. In one report, 8 of 9 calciphylaxis patients undergoing dialysis who tolerated hyperbaric oxygen treatment healed completely after 20 to 108 sessions. The remaining patient had progressive disease requiring amputation.30 In another study, researchers reported 2 of 5 patients recovering from calciphylaxis, with the responders achieving transcutaneous oxygen levels >33 mm Hg when breathing normo-baric 100% oxygen.31
Split-thickness skin grafting after aggressive deep shave of the ulcer32 or autologous fibroblast and keratinocyte culture in combination with iloprost infusions (1 μg/kg/min over 4 hours for 35 consecutive days)33 have been used to accelerate healing of calciphylaxis ulcers. Skin grafting, however, is only practical for limited disease.
United Kingdom: UK Calciphylaxis Registry, International Collaborative Calciphylaxis Network
Gentle debridement of ulcers Dressings Hyperbaric oxygen therapy Skin grafting Table III. Calciphylaxis Registries United States: Calciphylaxis Registry, KU Medical Center, University of Kansas
www.calciphylaxis.org.uk Germany: Calciphyalaxie Register, International Collaborative Calciphylaxis Network www.calciphylaxie.de
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24 Yatzidis H, Agroyannis B. Sodium thiosulfate treatment of soft-tissue calcifications in patients with end-stage renal disease. Perit Dial Int. 1987;7:250–252.
Pallure V, Comte C, Leray-Mouragues H, Dereure O. Cinacalcet as firstline treatment for calciphylaxis. Acta Derm Venereol. 2008;88:62–63.
25 Tokashiki K, Ishida A, Kouchi M, et al. Successful management of critical limb ischemia with intravenous sodium thiosulfate in a chronic hemodialysis patient. Clin Nephrol. 2006;66:140–143.
10 Mimpara. Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) [Internet]. [Cited 2010 Aug 15]. http:// www.medicines.org.uk/EMC/medicine/15432/SPC/Mimpara/. Accessed April 25, 2012. 11 Shiraishi N, Kitamura K, Miyoshi T, et al. Successful treatment of a patient with severe calcific uremic arteriolopathy (calciphylaxis) by etidronate disodium. Am J Kidney Dis. 2006;48:151–154. 12 Hanafusa T, Yamaguchi Y, Tani M, et al. Intractable wounds caused by calcific uremic arteriolopathy treated with bisphosphonates. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007;57:1021–1025. 13 Monney P, Nguyen Q, Perroud H, Descombes E. Rapid improvement of calciphylaxis after intravenous pamidronate therapy in a patient with chronic renal failure. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2004;19:2130–2132.
26 Baker BL, Fitzgibbons CA, Buescher LS. Calciphylaxis responding to sodium thiosulfate therapy. Arch Dermatol. 2007;143:269–270. 27 Ackermann F, Levy A, Daugas E, et al. Sodium thiosulfate as first-line treatment for calciphylaxis. Arch Dermatol. 2007;143:1336–1337. 28 Lim SPR, Batta K, Tan BB. Calciphylaxis in a patient with alcoholic liver disease in the absence of renal failure. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2003;28:34–36. 29 Guerra G, Shah RC, Ross EA. Rapid resolution of calciphylaxis with intravenous sodium thiosulfate and continuous venovenous haemofiltration using low calcium replacement fluid: case report. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2005;20:1260–1262. 30 Basile C. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of calciphylaxis? Yes, more than hope. Kidney Int. 2002;62:2300.
14 Schliep S, Schuler G, Kiesewetter F. Successful treatment of calciphylaxis with pamidronate. Eur J Dermatol. 2008;18:554–556.
31 Podymow T, Wherrett C, Burns KD. Hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of calciphylaxis: a case series. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2001;16:2176–2180.
15 Price PA, Buckley JR, Williamson MK. The amino bisphosphonate ibandronate prevents vitamin D toxicity and inhibits vitamin D-induced calcification of arteries, cartilage, lungs and kidneys in rats. J Nutr. 2001;131:2910–2915.
32 Wollina U, Helm C, Hansel G, et al. Deep ulcer shaving combined with split-skin transplantation in distal calciphylaxis. Int J Low Extrem Wounds. 2008;7:102–107.
16 Cicone JS, Petronis JB, Embert CD, Spector DA. Successful treatment of calciphylaxis with intravenous sodium thiosulfate. Am J Kidney Dis. 2004;43:1104–1108.
33 Alikadic N, Kovac D, Krasna M, et al. Review of calciphylaxis and treatment of a severe case after kidney transplantation with iloprost in combination with hyperbaric oxygen and cultured autologous fibrin-based skin substitutes. Clin Transplant. 2009;23:968–974.
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PERILS OF DERMATOPATHOLOGY W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD, Section Editor
“I Always Read My Own Slides.” “I Never Read My Own Slides.” Patrick McDonough, BA; Carmen Castilla, BS; Gizem Tumer, MD; Phelps J. Lambert, BA, MS; W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD “I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it – you will regret both.”—Søren Kierkegaard: “Either/Or”
he diagnosis of cutaneous lesions often involves histological analysis of biopsy specimens. These biopsy specimens are read by dermatologists, general pathologists, and dermatopathologists, with some controversy surrounding whether dermatologists and general pathologists have the proficiency to read dermatopathologic sections. The American Society of Dermatopathology has reported that 25% of dermatology residency training is devoted to dermatopathology and that dermatopathology represents 25% of the dermatology board-certifying examination.1 This information, along with the report that dermatologists receive more dermatopathology training than general pathology residents,2 has led many dermatologists to read their own histopathologic sections. In contrast, some dermatologists, particularly on the east coast,3 have their histopathologic sections read by a dermatopathologist. Both groups of dermatologists face unique pitfalls in diagnosis and management of cutaneous lesions.
gists must be wary when ruling out malignant melanoma in their own slides.
“I ALWAYS READ MY OWN SLIDES” While dermatologists receive dermatopathology training in residency, they do not receive the same level of training as dermatopathologists, who spend 1 to 2 years focusing on dermatopathology. While some dermatologists assert that they can interpret the easy slides and send out the difficult ones, sometimes the most difficult interpretations are found in sections that superficially appear easy.
A study investigating requisition forms for melanocytic lesions found that none of the forms requested a full description of the lesion, using the ABCDE checklist, or mentioned whether the specimen was a partial or complete biopsy, while few provided information on a history of a cutaneous neoplasm.7 Without this information, the dermatopathologist cannot make a full interpretation of the lesion.
Grant-Kels notes that the easy cases are often the most frightening, as one may miss a melanoma hidden in an obvious seborrheic keratoses.4 With misdiagnosis of melanoma one of the most common causes of lawsuits in histopathology,5 dermatolo-
In addition, dermatopathologists are often vague and inconsistent when describing biopsy specimens. Sellheyer and Bergfeld note that some dermatopathologists comment, inappropriately, on the margins of a shave or punch biopsy, while others use
Other histologic diagnoses can also be misleading, with Merkel cell carcinoma often superficially resembling basal cell carcinoma (Figure A and B). In addition, dermatologists who read their own slides face the ethical concerns inherent in self-referral. LeBoit addressed this issue, questioning whether dermatologists are less apt “to fire their dermatopathologist” after mistakes, if they are themselves acting as the dermatopathologist.6 “I NEVER READ MY OWN SLIDES” Although dermatopathologists are more experienced at reading histologic sections, the dermatologist has the advantage of correlating the histologic findings with the clinical findings. This correlation is especially important given that dermatopathology requisition forms often do not encourage physicians to provide specific clinical information.
From the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ Address for Correspondence: W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD, Room C520 MSB, UMDNJ-NJMS, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103 • E-mail: email@example.com
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Figure. (A) Tumor cells resemble basal cells mimicking basal cell carcinoma. (B) Higher power shows the tumor cells have the characteristic “murky cell” Merkel cell appearance, and trabeculae are seen.
equivocal language to describe margins in order to satisfy the clinician but avoid medicolegal responsibility.8 These deficiencies in communication between the dermatopathologist and the dermatologist can have detrimental effects on diagnosis and management of skin lesions.
CONCLUSIONS To read or not to read your own slides is an important question for dermatologists, with both medical and legal implications. We suggest perhaps that dermatopathologic sections should be read by a dermatopathologist with the slide(s) also read by the dermatologist. This system allows for expert analysis of the slide by a dermatopathologist, while maintaining clinical checks and balances from the dermatologist. In addition, we recommend that dermatopathology requisition forms contain specific questions about the morphology of skin lesions. This should include the ABCDE checklist for a pigmented lesion, the patients’ dermatologic and general medical history, and whether the biopsy specimen represents a complete excision or a partial resection.
Hancox JG, Neville JA, Chen J, et al. Interpretation of dermatopathology specimens is within the standard of care of dermatology practice. Dermatol Surg. 2005;31:306–309.
Singh S, Grummer SE, Hancox JG, et al. The extent of dermatopathology education: a comparison of pathology and dermatology. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005;53:694–697.
Goldenberg G, Camacho F, Gildea J, Golitz LE. Who sends what: a comparison of dermatopathology referrals from dermatologists, pathologists and dermatopathologists. J Cutan Pathol. 2008;35:658–661.
Grant-Kels JM. The whys and wherefores of who reads dermatopathology slides. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005;53:703–704.
Glusac EJ. Under the microscope: doctors, lawyers, and melanocytic neoplasms. J Cutan Pathol. 2003;30:287.
LeBoit PE. Fire your dermatopathologist! Arch Dermatol. 1999;135: 137–138.
Waller JM, Zedek DC. How informative are dermatopathology requisition forms completed by dermatologists? A review of the clinical information provided for 100 consecutive melanocytic lesions. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62:257–261.
Sellheyer K, Bergfeld WF. When to ask dermatopathologists to evaluate for surgical margins and when not: a matter of confusion for dermatologists and dermatopathologists alike. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005;52:1095–1097.
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HISTORICAL VIGNETTE Charles Steffen, MD, Section Editor
Pellagra Charles Steffen, MD
Pellagra was first described in the 18th century as an epidemic in the poverty-stricken Spanish countryside by Gaspar Casal. Pellagra did not appear in the United States until the turn of the 20th century. It then ravaged the Southern United States and was not eliminated until the 1940s. This short report will redact the descriptions of pellagra in two early textbooks of dermatology. The first, published in 1897 before cases of pellagra were recognized in the United States, and, the second, published in 1915 in the midst of the epidemic. The text published in 1915 described in detail the medical signs and symptoms of pellagra particularly as they relate to the skin, as well as speculations as to its cause. The complicated story of the socioeconomic situation of the Southern United States and the hunt for the cause of pellagra will also be discussed briefly.
ecently I reviewed two early US textbooks of dermatology and the lives of their authors (A Practical Treatise on Diseases of the Skin, 4th ed,1 and Diseases of the Skin.2 I became particularly interested in the discussion of pellagra in these two texts because pellagra, now a forgotten disease in the United States, was epidemic in the early 20th century in the Southern United States, killing more than 100,000 people between 1900 and 1940.3 It was fresh in the minds of the senior faculty members of the medical school that I attended in the late 1940s. We were taught that pellagra was a disease of the “4 Ds”: dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death. The authors of the two texts above, particularly Ormsby, discuss pellagra at great length, while contemporary textbooks of dermatology devote but a paragraph or two to pellagra. Practitioners of today should be interested in the clinical descriptions and photographs of this disease because they are difficult to access, because of pellagra’s historical importance in the United States, and because it still is seen in poverty- and famine-stricken parts of the world.
by desquamation, occurring in successive years chiefly in the summer…. Simultaneously, an extraordinary degree of muscle feebleness is noticed…. The fingers gradually become semi-flexed into the palms and gastro-intestinal derangements supervene [with] colicky pains and diarrhea. Disorders of the nervous system are betrayed by melancholia, disturbed vision, idiocy, convulsions and symptoms of meningitis. Hyde and Montgomery were unsure of the etiology of pellagra. They mentioned the possibility of maize as a cause, but noted that some patients who experienced pellagra had never eaten maize: The exact etiology of the malady should rather be traced by the statesman and politico-economist. The wretchedness, poverty, poor food, and hopeless moral and social conditions of the inhabitants of the pellagrous districts, many of them toiling under a burning sun, half starved, emaciated and despairing, should explain largely the symptoms of the scourge which affects them. In districts where the disease prevails extensively, the mortality has been frightful.
A CONSTITUTIONAL EPIDEMIC DISORDER Hyde and Montgomery considered pellagra to be: a constitutional epidemic disorder, accompanied by an exanthem. Usually first noted in the spring, symptoms are prodromic and characterized by marked fatigue, malaise and, occasionally, fever. Soon the face, neck and back of the hands (when exposed to sun) are affected with an erythema of a dull lurid hue…which may be accompanied
The authors mentioned Lombardy, Southern France, and Spain as the locations of pellagra but not the Southern United States. Although the exact etiology of pellagra, a vitamin deficiency, was not available to Hyde and Montgomery, they accurately described its underlying factors, namely the almost starving conditions of the poor in the countryside of Southern Europe.
Recipient of the Samuel J. Zakon Award by the History of Dermatology Society, San Diego, California, March 15, 2012. From Internal Medicine, Rancho Mirage, CA Address for Correspondence: Charles Steffen, MD, 1717 Avocado Road, Oceanside, CA • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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HISTORICAL VIGNETTE usually exaggerated and of the bullous type. In other cases the disease runs a more chronic course, exhibiting mild symptoms. In still other cases the disease may be acute and severe (Pellagra typhosis), the patient having a high temperature, severe diarrhea, and stomatitis, delirium and other evidences of intense intoxication. Seasonal recurrence has been emphasized by all observers. The disease has been noted to occur most often in the spring and autumn. In a certain proportion of cases, after an attack has occurred in the spring, a recurrence takes place in the autumn.
OLIVER ORMSBYâ€™S DESCRIPTION Pellagra became endemic in the United States in about 1907. The southern states have furnished the majority of cases. It was only since 1907 that pellagra has assumed important proportions in this country. The earliest symptoms may be connected with the skin or gastrointestinal tract. Occasionally, the patient suffers what is presumed to be a sunburn and is indisposed for a short time. The symptoms then clear up, to return the next years or at some future date.
In observing the development of these lesions, it is noted that at first there often occurs macular lesions, light or dark-red in tint, which soon fuse, forming a patch of dermatitis almost identical in appearance with that caused by the sun (Figure 1 and Figure 2). As the evolution of the disease advances, the color of the lesions deepens and they assume a reddish-brown or chocolate hue. In from seven
In other cases, a moderately sore mouth, with some gastrointestinal disturbance, particularly diarrhea, occurs, but is considered to be of no consequence, and in the course of a few weeks, the symptoms subside, only to recur at some future time. During the winter months the patients are often entirely well. With each recurrence, the symptoms are apt to be exaggerated, although at times they have been noted to be more mild. A certain proportion of cases begin with gastro-intestinal symptoms, consisting of chronic and often severe diarrhea with more or less stomatitis. These symptoms in certain cases have lasted for one or two months before the appearance of the dermatitis. In such cases the latter is
Figure 2. A white woman with pellagra. Again note the similarity to an acute sunburn. Courtesy of James C. Babcock Collection, Waring Historical Library, Medical University of South Carolina. Charleston, South Carolina.
Figure 1. Pellagra. Ormsby, Figure 89, page 437.2 Note the similarity to a severe sunburn as mentioned by Ormsby.2 SKINmed. 2012;10:174â€“179
to ten days, or a little longer, desquamation begins, at which time a roughened, scaling surface is present. Early in the process there is moderately marked swelling. In the more active cases, on the erythematous base, there develop bullous lesions, which often attain a large size, and which, after a few days, gradually dry, leaving a thickened crusted epidermis. Ecchymoses not infrequently complicate the process and secondary pyogenic infection may follow. In the vesicular and bullous severe cases, ulceration may ensue; in many cases the edema is sufficient to produce fissures. Whether erythematous or bullous, the lesions are always well defined. After the eruption has disappeared, the skin in some cases is pigmented; in other the pigment is lessened. In certain cases, where the process is less acute, the appearance is permanently thickened, hard, roughened, scaly and pigmented. The terminal stage is exhibited as a thin cicatriform, parchment-like integument, presenting striae parallel with the long axis of the hand. The lesions are found on the exposed parts of the body chiefly, and their arrangement is characteristic. In the major portion, the dorsa of the hands, the wrists (Figure 3 and Figure 4) and some parts of the face, neck or scalp (Figure 5) are involved, the feet and ankle more rarely (Figure 6 and Figure 7). The arms and chest, and to a lesser extent the ears and other parts of the body, including the palms and the genital region, are also involved. The symmetry of the lesions is striking. On the hands often a solid area extends over the entire dorsal surface, involving the
Figure 4. Man with pellagra “gloves.” Courtesy of James C. Babcock Collection. Waring Historical Library, Medical University of South Carolina. Charleston, South Carolina.
fingers, knuckles, and also the wrist on the extensor surface for a distance of about two inches. In this area, the lesions frequently sweep around and involve about two thirds of the flexor surface and then come to an abrupt ending. This partial gauntlet has been frequently observed…. That the rays of the sun are a factor in determining the localization of the lesions is accepted by all observers…. Subjective symptoms, as a rule, are not marked, and are exhibited as burning rather than itching, the surface practically never showing evidence of scratching. In the gastro-intestinal system, diarrhea is a constant concomitant in severe cases; in mild cases this may be absent and constipation [may] be present. The appearance of the tongue is important. This becomes swollen and denuded, presenting a dry appearance, with, in severe cases, more or less superficial ulceration along its edges and upon its under surface with yellowish sloughing, which bleeds easily. A resemblance to the aphthous stomatitis seen in other debilitated states is noted. The ulcers are very superficial and heal without scar formation. In mild cases, the tongue is reddened and presents smooth areas especially along
Figure 3. Pellagra. Ormsby, Figure 90, page 437.2 The hands and wrists are involved with pellagra “gloves.” SKINmed. 2012;10:174–179
Figure 5. Pellagra. This illustrates the ringed dermatitis of the neck: “Casal’s collar.”
the tip and along the margins, a condition to which the term “bald tongue” has been applied. The nervous system chiefly presents the symptoms induced by acute intoxication…. In the terminal stages of pellagra the symptom complex [is] that belonging to central neuritis. In the recurrences that take place from year to year, the general symptoms become more marked. The gastrointestinal are indicated by dyspepsia, pains in the abdomen and dysentery. Pains are described as occurring in various parts of the body, particularly the head, epigastrium, and feet, with burning sensations in these same areas. Tenderness on pressure over the spinal cord; muscular weakness and loss of muscle power, particularly in the legs; tremors of the head and arms, mental worry and depression, anxiety and discontent, loss of memory, vertigo, and vague feelings of pressure, weight or pulsation about the head, all may occur. In some cases the subjects are excitable and irritable, in others stupid and morose…. In the terminal stage, extreme weakness and emaciation, from the preceding severe gastro-intestinal disturbances, SKINmed. 2012;10:174–179
Figure 6. Pellagra. Ormsby, Figure 88, page 436.2
profound prostration, delirium, with involuntary evacuation of the bladder and bowels, close the scene…. The duration of the disease extends over periods varying from one to twenty years. Five years is probably the average. ORMSBY’S SPECULATIONS Ormsby then speculated about the etiology of pellagra. This was, of course, before the vitamin deficiency case was proven. He noted that it occurred more frequently in women, that field laborers experienced it the most, and that the disease seemed to be confined to tropical and warm zones. In Europe, only a few cases occurred in the cities, while in the Southern United States, small
HISTORICAL VIGNETTE pellagra results from a diet limited too strictly to that cereal. (2) Corn contains some toxic substance which in susceptible individuals produces the disease. (3) Corn undergoes some form of decomposition in the intestine of certain individuals, as the result of growth of bacteria, the toxins thus produced exciting the disease. (4) Healthy corn is innocuous, but at some stage in its preparation for consumption, either in the ear, when stored, or after being cooked, it undergoes decomposition, as the result of the growth of certain fungi…. In the growth of these organisms it is supposed that toxins are produced which, when absorbed, induce pellagra. (5) Finally, that some of the organisms which are commonly found in the moldy or spoiled corn may be eaten with it, directly invading the body and producing the disease. Ormsby concluded by noting that the disease is regarded by most observers as not contagious and that the pathologic findings of the skin and in post-mortem examination were not specific. Ormsby’s only recommended therapy was improvement of nutrition as being of the highest importance, while internal medication has been of little value.
Figure 7. Pellagra. Ormsby, Figure 91, page 438.2
towns and mill villages were affected the most. Ormsby wrote that in Europe, poor hygiene, poor food sources, and poverty were unquestionably important factors in the etiology; however, in the United States these do not appear to be important. In the latter situation, the disease not infrequently attacks people in the best walks of life, where poor hygiene or lack of proper food is out of the question. Ormsby then discussed the corn theory of pellagra: The various theories regarding the production of pellagra are those concerning maize or Indian corn and other agents. The corn theory has been most strongly advanced in Italy. The views relative to this hypothesis may be summarized as follows: (1) Indian corn is deficient in or lacks some nutrient principle necessary for health, and SKINmed. 2012;10:174–179
Figure 8. Joseph Goldberger.
Osborne and Mendel in 1914 demonstrated that cystine and tryptophan are essential for nutrition and growth of animals and called attention of the scarcity of those amino acids in zein [a prolamine present in maize; it lacks chiefly the amino acids, L-tryptophan and L-lysine and is also low in cystine content]…. The case was broken by Elvehjem, Madden, Strong and Wooley in 1937 when they identified the anti-black tongue [a disease in dogs similar to pellagra] factor in dogs in liver extract as nicotinic acid. The results were truly dramatic. No longer did patients die because they could not retain food, yeast or liver extracts. Nicotinic acid amide or sodium nicotinate could be given intravenously with life-saving effect…. However, some dermatologic abnormalities persisted in patients while being maintained on an adequate diet supplemented with nicotinic acid. These phenomenon were at the time thought to be evidence of relapse, but in December, 1938, Sebrell and Butler reported the experimental production of such lesions by a diet deficient in riboflavin…. It has been proved that both riboflavin and pyridoxine are required for the metabolism of tryptophan and that pyridoxine is essential for the synthesis of niacin from the amino acid.
Goldberger, an officer in the US Public Health Service (Figure 8), extensively studied pellagra in the South from 1914 until his death in 1929. In an investigation carried out in the mill villages of Spartenburg County, South Carolina, beginning in 1916, Goldberger and his colleagues Dr George Wheeler and the statistician Edgar Sydenstricker showed that pellagra was not a contagious disease. Rather, it was caused by a dietary deficiency, which, in itself, was directly related to the low wages that made the purchase of adequate food by the mill workers’ families impossible. Although Goldberger and his colleagues did not isolate the specific dietary factor that caused pellagra, they did uncover the gestalt of poverty and deprivation directly related to the incidence of the disease.4 It was not until the prosperity of World War II in the 1940s, with the improvement of the availability of good food, that pellagra was eliminated in the United States except for the occasional alcoholic and food faddist. THE CORN STORY Ormsby listed the various theories that incriminated the eating of corn in the etiology of pellagra. The traditional food preparation of corn (maize) by the Indians of Latin America required treatment of the grain with lime, an alkali (nixtamalization). This removes the husk, producing a softer product that is more easily ground, nixtamil (an Indian word). This process affords significant nutritional advantages over untreated maize. It converts some of the niacin (and possibly other B vitamins) into a form more absorbable by the body, improves the availability of the amino acids, and supplements the calcium content balancing maize’s excess of phosphorous. When corn cultivation was imported to Europe in the 16th century, it became the staple of the poor in Southern Europe because it was cheaper than wheat. The benefits of the lime treatment were not understood; so, in Southern Europe, the exclusive diet of corn played an important role in pellagra. This was not true in the Southern United States where maize was not the staple food and the overall dietary deficiencies hid the shortage of niacin.
While pellagra can develop without maize entering the picture, its prevalence in a maize-eating population can now be clarified. A diet low in good protein and containing large amounts of corn can actually increase the requirement for nicotinic acid, at the same time blocking its endogenous production. If there is a deficiency of riboflavin and pyridoxine as well, the utilization of what little tryptophan may be available is impossible and the diet is rendered virtually niacin free. REFERENCES 1
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THE BIOCHEMICAL ANSWER Virgil Preston Sydenstricker, a relative of Edgar Sydenstricker, the associate of Goldberger, wrote in 19585:
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PHOTO CAPSULES Ncoza C. Dlova, MBChB, FCDerm, Section Editor
Mycetoma Ncoza C. Dlova, MBChB, FCDerm; Anisa Mosam, MBChB, FCDerm
56-year-old woman presented with a 1-year history of painless swelling and nodules involving the dorsal and palmer aspects of her right hand. She gave a history of working on a sugarcane farm.
The patient was found to be negative for the human immunodeficiency virus. Skin biopsy, direct microscopy, and fungal culture confirmed black grain Madurella mycetomatis.
Figure 1. Ulcerated nodules of black grain mycetoma involving the right hand.
Figure 2. Multiple ulcerated nodules of black grain mycetoma on the right palm.
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CASE STUDY Vesna Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc, Section Editor
Exclusive Plaque Psoriasis of the Lips: Efficacy of Combination Therapy of Topical Tacrolimus, Calcipotriol, and Betamethasone Dipropionate Virendra N. Sehgal, MD;1 Shruti Sehgal, MDS;2 Prashant Verma, MD;3 Navjeevan Singh, MD;4 Farhan Rasool, MD5 A 16-year-old unmarried woman presented with recurrent cracking of the lips indicated by the appearance of grayish white flakes since October 2004, which, in due course, shed off leaving behind an apparently normal mucous membrane. Chewing roasted corn treated with salt and lemon (bhutta) initially caused the lesions. Ever since, it has been a cause of its exacerbation. She never had any relief with either systemic or topical treatment. In fact, an obsession had overtaken her, resulting in a psychological setback. She denied regular drug use for any other ailment. Her menstrual cycle was normal. There was a positive history of psoriasis in her mother.1 Examination of the lips was conspicuous. It was marked by the presence of a well-circumscribed, moist, raised plaque (Figure 1). Its surface was irregular, with elevation and depression. It was made up of thick, grayish white scales, which were arranged in layers; however, Grattage/Auspitz sign could not be elicited. Fissuring was prominent but the buccal mucosa, surface of the tongue, gingiva, and palate were normal. The clinical examination did not reveal any evidence of skin and/or nail psoriasis/psoriatic arthropathy or any other systemic abnormality. Blood examination including total and differential leukocyte count, complete hemogram, and liver and renal function tests were normal. Biopsy of the representative lesion was subjected to serial sections. They were stained with hematoxylin-eosin to work up microscopic pathology. It revealed the presence of mounds of parakeratosis with numerous neutrophilic Munro microabscesses (Figure 2). Submucosal vessels were dilated and congested. Periodic-acid-Schiff (PAS) stain revealed fungal hyphae and spores within the parakeratotic layer. Colonies of Gram-positive cocci were also demonstrated on the surface of the mucosa. She was administered combination therapy, comprising topical tacrolimus (0.1%) ointment and calcipotirol hydrate (50 μg/g) plus betmethasone dipropionate (0.5 mg/g) twice a day for 7 days. A single bolus dose of fluconazole 450 mg orally was also administered. The response to treatment was favorable and the lesions showed regression (Figure 3).
soriasis very rarely involves the mucous membranes of the oral and anogenital area. Oral lesions of psoriasis, a seldom reported clinical manifestation, were reported for the first time and histologically confirmed by Oppenheim in 1903.2 The buccal mucosa, tongue, gingiva, and palate are the usual sites of presentation. The morphology of oral lesions is specific and may manifest as geographical tongue, fissured tongue, angular cheilosis, chelitis, or benign migratory glossitis.2,3 Lip and/or perioral involvement is infrequent, however, and has sporadically been reported.4–11 The diagnosis of oral psoriasis is convincingly made when the clinical course of the oral lesions parallels that of the skin lesions.12 The plaque psoriasis of the lips in a young woman, as in our case here, is unique, for it posed a profound emotional, social, and physical impact on her quality of life, which has been well doc-
umented. Interestingly, the lip lesions were often triggered by corn on the cob (bhutta) with salt and lemon juice, depicting Koebners’ phenomenon (KP). Paradontosis, protrusion of the upper teeth,5 and lip movement, along with consumption of citrus fruits,7 have previously been incriminated to instigate KP. Such patients may be genetically predisposed. Furthermore, KP may be perpetuated by the high content of commensals in the oral cavity, which may be responsible for its chronic and recurrent course. This seems plausible in the present case, thus reiterating the earlier claim where, in addition to trauma, stress and streptococcal infection had been implicated.7 It is, therefore, important to consider the morphologic expression of the plaque psoriasis of the lips, characterized by well-circumscribed, moist, erythematous scaly raised plaque, with fissuring, elevation, and depression. Nevertheless, the clinical
From the Dermato-Venereology (Skin/VD) Center, Sehgal Nursing Home, Panchwati-Delhi;1 the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Government Dental Collage Raipur;2 the Department of Dermatology and STD,3 Department of Pathology,4 University College of Medical Sciences and Associated Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital Delhi, and Skin Institute, School of Dermatology,5 Greater Kailash, New Delhi, India Address for Correspondence: Virendra N. Sehgal, MD, A/6 Panchwati, Delhi-110 033 India • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Figure 3. Apparently normal lips after treatment.
Figure 1. Plaque psoriasis of the lips.
nuclear receptors of keratinocytes, was chosen for their synergistic action.14 Betamethasone dipropionate cream was added to facilitate rapid remission. REFERENCES
Figure 2. Presence of mounds of parakeratosis with numerous neutrophilic Munro microabscesses (hematoxylin-eosin stain, original magnification ×400).
diagnosis is required to be supported by microscopic pathology, the characteristic of which is mounds of parakeratosis with numerous neutrophilic Munro microabscesses and dilated and congested submucosal blood vessels. PAS reaction is useful in ruling out fungal infection by the presence of hyphae and/or spores within the parakeratotic layer. In addition, the presence of colonies of Gram-positive cocci may also be indicative. The previous workers6,7,11 with contrasting results had embarked on this procedure. These investigations are recommended for future diagnosis of the condition. It is worthwhile to emphasize that exclusive involvement of the lips, as seen in our case, is uncommon and we are aware of only two examples in the literature.7,8 Combination therapy of topical tacrolimus immunomodulator13 and calcipotriol (vitamin D3 analog), which acts on the SKINmed. 2012;10:183–184
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Brice DM, Danesh-Meyer MJ. Oral lesions in patients with psoriasis: clinical presentation and management. J Periodontol. 2000;71:1896–1903.
Costa SC, Hirota SK, Takahashi MD, et al. Oral lesions in 166 patients with cutaneous psoriasis: a controlled study. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2009;14:e371–e375.
Baumal A, Kantor I, Sachs P. Psoriasis of the lips. Arch Dermatol. 1961;84:185–187.
Brenner S, Lipitz R, Illie B, et al. Psoriasis of the lips: the unusual Köbner phenomenon caused by protruding upper teeth. Dermatologica. 1982;164:413–416.
Klapholz L, Weinrauch L, Katz M. Perioral psoriasis. Cutis. 1989;43: 157–158.
Rahman MA, Fikree M. Perioral psoriasis. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2000;14:513–522.
Tosti A, Misciali C, Cameli N, et al. Psoriasis of the lips. Eur J Dermatol. 2001;11:589–590.
Gül U, Kiliç A, Gönül M, et al. Psoriasis of the lips: an unusual localization. Int J Dermatol. 2006;45:1381–1382.
10 Ersoy-Evans S, Nuralina L, Erkin G, et al. Psoriasis of the lips: a rare entity. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2007;21:142–143. 11 Baz K, Yazici AC, Usta A, et al. Isolated lip involvement in psoriasis. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2007;32:578–579. 12 Weathers DR, Baker G, Archard HO, et al. Psoriasiform lesions of the oral mucosa (with emphasis on ‘‘ectopic geographic tongue’’). Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 1974;37:872–888. 13 Sehgal VN, Srivastava G, Dogra S. Tacrolimus in dermatology-pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, drug interactions, dosages, and side effects: part I. Skinmed. 2008;7:27–30. 14 O’Neill JL, Feldman SR. Vitamin D analogue-based therapies for psoriasis. Drugs Today. 2010;46:351–360.
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“Eruptive” Facial Syringomas: An Inflammatory Skin Reaction? Husein Husein-ElAhmed, MD;1 J. Aneiros-Fernandez, MD;2 J. Aneiros-Cachaza, MD2 A 26-year-old woman exhibited multiple, 1- to 3-mm eruptive asymptomatic papules, symmetrically distributed on the face. None of her family members had similar lesions. The papules first appeared in 2006 and gradually increased in number, particularly during her first pregnancy. She stated that the development of lesions was preceded by dermatitis. Physical examination revealed many flesh-colored or slightly reddish, smooth-surfaced papules around the eyes, both cheeks, and temples (Figure 1 and Figure 2). The differential diagnosis included syringomas in an atypical location, cutaneous sarcoidosis, and periorificial dermatitis. Histopathologic examinations revealed aggregation of small tubular structures lined by two rows of epithelial cells, most of which were characterized by comma-like tails, giving them a tadpole shape. They were embedded in a fibrous connective tissue stroma in the dermis. These histopathologic findings were consistent with syringoma (Figure 3).
yringomas are traditionally considered benign adnexal tumors derived from the intraepidermal portion of eccrine sweat ducts.1,2 The variety of clinical presentations reported in the literature, however, cast doubt upon the neoplastic nature of syringomas. In addition, the presentation of eruptive syringomas is a rare neoplastic process. Some studies have suggested the intraepidermal portion of the eccrine gland as the origin of
syringomas.1 Supporting this hypothesis, we present this case of facial eruptive syringoma in a 26-year-woman. This case suggests that some of the so-called eruptive syringomas may start as an inflammatory process of the upper portion of the eccrine duct. As a result of the inflammatory process, a hyperplastic reaction of the eccrine duct ensues, resulting in tortuous proliferative changes. Our hypothesis is supported by numerous reports of cutaneous conditions unlikely to be neoplastic, cases of diffuse alopecia3 and melanocytic nevi.2,4 In addition, there are cases reported of eruptive syringoma associated with milia and alopecia, suggesting that a diffuse inflammatory process could also involve the pilosebaceous units.3 The etiology of the inflammatory reaction could not be established in our case. The higher incidence of syringomas in women and the frequent development of the lesions before or around puberty, as well as occasional exacerbation of the lesions during pregnancy, may imply a hormonal role in some cases.5 In our case, an increase in number and size of the lesions was observed during pregnancy; furthermore, a strong expression of progesterone receptor by immunohistochemistry was noted in two studies.6,7
Figure 1. Eruptive syringomas presenting as asymptomatic flesh-colored papules around the eyes, both cheeks, and temples.
CONCLUSIONS We think eruptive syringoma is a reactive hyperplastic process of the eccrine duct following an inflammatory cutaneous process,
From the Departments of Dermatology1 and Pathology,2 San Cecilio University Hospital, Granada, Spain2 Address for Correspondence: Husein Husein-ElAhmed, MD, Department of Dermatology, San Cecilio University Hospital, Granada, Spain, Avd. Madrid S/N. CP: 18012 • E-mail: email@example.com
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Figure 2. Detailed image of syringomas.
and this rare condition should be considered when a histological pattern resembling a syringoma is observed on skin biopsies after an inflammatory skin reaction. REFERENCES 1
Hashimoto K, DiBella RJ, Borsuk GM, et al. Eruptive hidradenoma and syringoma. Histological, histochemical and electron microscopic studies. Arch Dermatol. 1967;96:500–519.
Patrizi A, Neri I, Marzaduri S, Varotti E, et al. Syringoma: a review of twenty-nine cases. Acta Derm Venereol. 1998;78: 460–462.
Mehregan AH, Mehregan DA. Syringoma-like sweat duct proliferation in scalp alopecias. J Cutan Pathol. 1990;17:355–357.
Malhotra R, Bhawan J, Stadecker M. Association of syringoma and intradermal nevus. Int J Dermatol. 1986;25:397.
Pruzan DL, Esterly NB, Prose NS. Eruptive syringoma. Arch Dermatol. 1989;125:1119–1120.
Turan C, Ugur M, Kutluay L, et al. Vulvar syringoma exacerbated during pregnancy. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1996;64:141–142.
Wallace ML, Smoller BR. Progesterone receptor positivity supports hormonal control of syringomas. J Cutan Pathol. 1995;22:442–425.
Figure 3. In dermis, numerous tubular structures are embedded in a dense, collagenous stroma. The walls of the ducts were predominantly lined by two rows of epithelial cells (hematoxylin-eosin stain, original magnification ×200).
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Verrucous Carcinoma of the Tongue Fernanda Aguiar Santos Vilela, MD;1 Beatriz Moritz Trope, MD, PhD;1 Paula Cabral Menezes Gurfinkel, MD;1 Juan Manuel Piñeiro-Maceira, MD, PhD;2 Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD1 A 75-year-old woman with full dentures had a progressive growth on the tongue for the past 15 years. She reported ulceration of the lesion 4 months prior that was accompanied by pain and odinophagia. She denied addiction to alcohol or tobacco. On examination, there was an ulcerated, vegetating, verrucous lesion, with yellow-whitish areas intermingled with erythematous areas, being infiltrated and having well-defined borders, on almost all areas of the back of the tongue (Figure 1). No adjacent lymphadenopathy was found. Biopsy of the tongue was compatible with verrucous carcinoma demonstrating squamous cell neoplasia with prevailing areas of rounded borders. There were “tunnels” filled with parakeratotic material surrounded by an extensive inflammatory response, plus isolated foci of neutrophils inside the tumor (Figure 2). There were relatively well-differentiated neoplastic cells with little cytological atypia. In addition, there were several foci of individual or grouped dyskeratotic cells (Figure 3), plus tunnelling of parakeratotic material and an intratumor inflammatory response (Figure 4). Following surgical removal, the woman underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
errucous carcinoma, first described in 1948 by Lauren V. Ackerman,1 is a rare and well-differentiated variant of the classical squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). It appears on the skin and mucosa, with the oral cavity as the preferred site.2 It is clinically characterized by whitish, verrucous, and exophytic lesions, with well-defined borders and painless growth. Ulceration is uncommon.2 The diagnosis is both clinical and histopathologic, requiring several histologic sections, because such examination may disclose characteristics that are not only intermediate between hyperplasia and neoplasia3 but also foci of SCC.2 Correct diagnosis is essential to define the treatment and prognosis. Presently, surgery is the treatment of choice.4–6 Oral verrucous carcinoma (OVC) represents only 9% of oral SCC.7 This neoplasm usually affects men older than 50 years2 who have risk factors such as infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV), chronic tobacco use, constant trauma, betel chewing, and snuff useage.7 Poor dental hygiene magnifies the problem.8 Another factor may be the association with chronic lichen planus.9,10 A study of 23 patients with OVC, in whom the genotypic characteristics of HPV and expression of p53 were assessed, concluded that the process of carcinogenesis may involve HPV infection of both high- and low-risk serotypes, as well as fast replication
during hyperkeratinization. Inactivation by p53 that is associated with the infection by HPV may be involved in this process.11 Viral carcinogenesis probably occurs by suppression or mutation of the p53 gene, because that gene would be responsible for the tumor cell suppression activity.7 Histologic examination shows hyperkeratosis, massive acanthosis with a verrucous surface, and well-differentiated epithelium with minimal atypia and rare mitoses. A dense chronic inflammatory infiltrate in the connective tissue in contact with rounded borders of epithelial cells is frequent, as opposed to the irregular epithelial masses and small epithelial extensions usually observed in classical SCC. It is a clinical and histopathologic diagnosis, and thus clinical recognition immediately allows the diagnostic suspicion. Our patient’s tumor was compatible with the diagnosis of OVC. Her advanced age and the use of dental prostheses were risk factors; the morphology and the painless evolution of the lesion are characteristic. The main differential diagnosis should be made with SCC that presents with aggressive behavior, frequently with metastasis to the cervical region,12 and where radiotherapy is used with or without chemotherapy and/or surgery. In opposition, its verrucous variant, despite being malignant, has a good prognosis, with rare detection of metastases. Surgery with wide excision is the treatment of choice4 without radiotherapy, because some
From the Sectors of Dermatology1 and Pathology,2 and Post-Graduation Course in Dermatology, HUCFF and School of Medicine, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Address for Correspondence: Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD, Rua Dona Mariana 143/C-32, 22280-020, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Figure 1. Ulcerated, vegetating, and verrucous lesion, with yellow-whitish areas intermingled with erythematous areas of infiltrated and well-defined borders on the back of tongue.
Figure 3. Relatively well-differentiated neoplastic cells with little cytological atypia, besides foci of individual or grouped dyskeratosis (hematoxylin-eosin stain, original magnification ×100).
reported either with intra-arterial infusion of methotrexate16 or photodynamic therapy utilizing 5-aminolevulinic acid.17 Other treatment options are intralesional bleomycin and laser surgery.14 Figure 2. Squamous cell neoplasia, with massifs of rounded borders, delimiting “tunnels” filled with parakeratotic material, surrounded by extensive inflammatory response. Isolated foci of intraneoplastic neutrophils (hematoxylin-eosin stain, original magnification ×40).
Histopathologic diagnosis is difficult due to the high grade of cellular differentiation that can lead to the wrong diagnosis of pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia.3 Additionally, about 25% of this variant presents foci of classical SCC.2
authors believe that radiotherapy has the potential for inducing anaplastic transformation.9,13,14 In a retrospective study, 101 patients with OVC were analyzed (79% men with an average age of 53.9 years). The local recurrence rate was 68%, and survival rate free of the disease after 5 years of surgical treatment was 77.6%. The prognosis of OVC with appropriate surgical treatment may be considered excellent.15 Recently, successful treatments have also been
CONCLUSIONS Despite the fact that OVC represents only 9% of oral SCCs, a correct differential diagnosis between them is required for definition of the prognosis and therapeutic modalities. The diagnosis is based on the clinical-histopathologic correlation. In general, the careful analysis of several histologic sections is needed for the appropriate diagnosis due to the pseudocarcinomatous hyperplasia.
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Ogawa A, Fukuta Y, Nakajima T, et al. Treatment results of oral verrucous carcinoma and its biological behavior. Oral Oncol. 2004;40:793–797.
Tornes K, Bang G, Strømme Koppang H, Pedersen KN. Oral verrucous carcinoma. Int J Oral Surg. 1985;14:485–492.
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Koch BB, Trask DK, Hoffman HT, et al. National survey of head and neck verrucous carcinoma: patterns of presentation, care, and outcome. Cancer. 2001;92:110–120.
Warshaw EM, Templeton SF, Washington CV. Verrucous carcinoma occurring in a lesion of oral lichen planus. Cutis. 2000;65:219–222.
10 Castano E, Lopez-Rios F, Alvarez-Fernandez JG, et al. Verrucous carcinoma in association with hypertrophic lichen planus. Clin Exp Dermatol. 1997;22:23–25. 11 Fujita S, Senba M, Kumatori A, et al. Human papillomavirus infection in oral verrucous carcinoma: genotyping analysis and inverse correlation with p53 expression. Pathobiology. 2008;75:257–264. 12 Dedivitis RA, França CM, Mafra ACB, Guimarães FT, Guimarães AV. Clinic and epidemiologic characteristics in the with squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth and oropharynx. Rev Bras Otorrinolaringol. 2004;70: 30–34. 13 Rinker MH, Fenske NA, Scalf LA, Glass F. Histologic variants of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. Cancer Control. 2001;8:354–363. 14 Lübbe J, Kormann A, Adams V et al. HPV-11 and HPV-16-associated oral verrucous carcinoma. Dermatology. 1996;192:217–221.
Figure 4. Tunnel base of parakeratotic material and intraneoplastic inflammatory response (hematoxylin-eosin stain, original magnification ×100).
15 Walvekar RR, Chaukar DA, Deshpande MS, Pai PS, et al. Verrucous carcinoma of the oral cavity: a clinical and pathological study of 101 cases. Oral Oncol. 2009;45:47–51.
Ackerman LV. Verrucous carcinoma of the oral cavity. Surgery. 1948;23:670–678.
Allen CM, Camisa C. Oral Disease. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, eds. Dermatology. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Elsevier; 2008:1050–1051.
16 Sheen MC, Sheu HM, Lai FJ, et al. A huge verrucous carcinoma of the lower lip treated with intra-arterial infusion of methotrexate. Br J Dermatol. 2004;151:727–729. 17 Chen HM, Chen CT, Yang H, et al. Successful treatment of an extensive verrucous carcinoma with topical 5-aminolevulinic acid-mediated photodynamic therapy. J Oral Pathol Med. 2005;34:253–256.
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Alcohol-Based Disinfectants To the Editor: Skimming the table of contents of the November/December 2011 issue of SKINmed, my eyes were attracted to the question of alcohol-based disinfectants and by the supplemental line on the next page “right for the wrong reason.” I must say I did enjoy the collection of papers that Wolf, Parish, and Parish put together,1,2 but although I agree that it is important “to dispel the concern that ABHR damages, dries, and irritates the skin more than hand washing with ordinary soap,” I think this statement is “right for the wrong reasons.” Washing with detergent or soap solubilizes the skin oils, essentially dissolving them in a detergent and water emulsion, and then washes the detergent/soap/skin oil mixture right down the drain. Thus, upon drying the hands, one is left with an outer keratin layer that has no, or much diminished, protective superficial surface lipid. This allows evaporation, dehydration, desiccation, and numerous minute cracks, which, when exposed to the next application of the alcohol-based product, stings as one would expect.
the skin surface, the alcohol sterilizes the bacterial content of that oil right on the skin surface, and then the alcohol simply evaporates. This leaves the skin oils behind, to continue to serve as the barrier to evaporation that they were designed to provide. I shared the trepidation of many when alcohol-based products were introduced, but I have found personally, as a sensitive atopic with easily desiccated hands, working in New England in a very dry environment in the winter, that I can maintain my skin oil on my hands much more satisfactorily using alcohol-based products than soap and water. The reasons are pretty straight forward, and I am delighted to see science once again catching up with natural logic. Thank you for the opportunity to comment. REFERENCES 1
Parish LC, Wolf R, Parish JL. Germophobia: the dilemma of hand washing and protection from germs. Skinmed. 2011:339–340.
Wolf R, Parish JL, Parish LC. Alcohol-based disinfectants irritate and damage skin more than ordinary soap—true or false? Skinmed. 2011:378–380. —F. William Danby, MD, FRCPC, Department of Dermatology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH • E-mail: email@example.com
When one uses an alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR), on the other hand (or actually both hands), one solubilizes the natural oils on
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Published on May 1, 2012
SKINmed Dermatology for the Clinician is a peer-reviewed, indexed bimonthly publication circulated to more than 13,000 high prescribers of d...