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Year : 1972  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-33

Xeroderma pigmentosum with ocular involvement in a Nepali

Department of Ophthalmology, Dermatology & Venereology and Pathalogy, Himachal Pradesh Medical College, and Snowdon Hospital, Simla, India

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Sood G C, Sofat B K, Chandel R D, Lal S, Logani K B. Xeroderma pigmentosum with ocular involvement in a Nepali. Indian J Ophthalmol 1972;20:31-3

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Xeroderma pigmentosum is a rare precancerous dermatosis. Over 500 cases have been reported in the literature from different parts of the World (Duke Elder [5] ). Review­ing the literature thoroughly we have not come across any refe­rence from Nepal, a Himalayan Kingdom. We recently saw the condition in a Nepali which is being reported here.

  Case Report Top

S. R. aged 23 yrs. Hindu male resident of Rolpa Distt. in Eastern Nepal was brought to Eye OPD of HP. Medical College Hospital Snowdon on 8.1.71 with the com­plaints of photophobia, ocular dis­comfort and marked diminution of vision in both eyes for the past 11 years. He gave history of frequent exacerbations and remissions of the ocular symptoms. 11 years earlier, the patient noticed appea­rance of black spots on various parts of the body, more so on the face and exposed portion of the extremities. His eye condition gradually became worse over the years, incapacitating him from carrying out his daily routine of attending to his land. There was no history of similar ailment and consanguinity in the family.

The patient was found to be fairly well built and in good phy­sical health. Multiple hyperpig­mented and atrophic hypopigment­ed macules of variable size were seen scattered over the skin of the face including that of the lids, extremities and the trunk. There were areas of depigmentation on the lower lip and the chest. [Figure - 1]

Examination of the right eye revealed moderate degree of conjuc­tival and ciliary conjestion with a raised fleshy mass of about 10 mm x 4 mm on nasal limbus in the in­terpalpebral area. Cornea showed a generalised haze in the central and lower part with a raised greyish vascularised patch on the medial side and superficial ulcera­tion. Anterior chamber, pupil, iris as far as could be seen appeared normal. Left eye showed similar changes except that the fleshy mass on the nasal side of the limbus encroached on to the cornea for a distance of about 2 mm. Vision was reduced to perception and projection of light in the right eye and finger counting at three feet in the left eye.

Total and differential counts and hemoglobin estimation were found to be within normal limits. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 18 mm first hour (Wester green) V. D. R. L. was negative. Urine analysis showed no abnormality. His blood group was A.

Skin biopsy from chest revealed thin and atrophic epidermis at places with atrophy of its adnexa. There were areas of acanthosis and hyper-keratosis. The basal layer showed diffuse malamin pigmentation with melanophores in the upper dermis.

Pterygium like growth from the left eye was excised and sent for histological examination. Biopsy showed stratified squamous epithe­lium with sub-epithelial dense collagenous and loose areolar tissue infiltrated with mono-nuclear cells. In a portion of the section hylanis­ed connective tissue with calicifi­cation was also seen. Junctional limbal epithelium showed presence of melamin. [Figure 2]

The patient was put on atropine 1% eye drops, antibiotic (Soframy­cine) eye ointment with bandage to both eyes. He was also given multivit tablets and high protein diet. His eye condition steadily improved and on 17.371 the conjun­ctival hyperaemia had became much less, the fleshy looking mass had considerably regressed, the corneal vascularisation had lessen­ed and corneal ulcers had healed leaving behind nabular opacities. Vision improved to finger counting at 3 meters in each eye. The patient was discharged on 17.4.71 with advice to use Soframycine eye ointment daily in both eyes at bed time use of sun goggles, and to remain indoors as far as possible.

  Discussion Top

Xeroderma pigmentosum is a disease of uncertain etiology al­though it has been presumed to be due to some chemical disturbance in the surface epithlium (Duke Elder [3] ) and attributed to multiple aminoacidurea (El Hefnavi et al [4],[5] ) or the presence of porphyrins (IIehregan [7] ),

Xeroderma pigmentosum is sup­posed to be transmitted as an auto­somal recessive heredity (Ruder [10] , (Duke Elder [5] ) and is seen most frequently in products of con­sanguinous marriages (Cocckayne [2] Bauer [1] , El-Ilefnavi et al [5] ) In our case there was absolutely no his­tory of consanguinity among the parents indicating that consangui­nity after all does not play that dominant a role as has been so frequently emphasised.

Ocular involvement in Xerod­erma pigmentosum is frequent, lids are affected in about 80% of cases (Duke Elder -1965) which may result in atrophy and com­plete disappearance of the lower lid with resultant complications of exposure. Other ocular manifesta­tions reported are corneal ulcera­tion (Greeff [6] -) Velhagen [11] -, Reese and Wilber- 1943) hyperaemia of conjunctiva, intense photophobia, angiamata and carcinomata of the conjunctiva, pigmented patches of conjunctiva (Markowitz- 1935), phlycten or pterygium like grow­ths, symblepheron (Mathur [7] -) In our case ocular involvement was bilateral in the form of pigmented spots over the skin of the lids, con­junctival hyperaemia, pterygium like growth, superficial corneal ulceration and vasucularization. There was no evidence of any malignant change although ocular involvement was there for the last 11 years.

  Summary Top

A case of Xeroderma pigmento­sum in a Nepali is reported. This is probably the first case to be re­ported fom Nepal. Skin and con­junctival biopsies are described.

  References Top

Bauer, Hd. d Erbbiol, Berlin, 4(2), 1142 (1940). Cited by Duke Elder-in 3  Back to cited text no. 1
Cocckayne Inherited, abnormalities of the skin, London (1933). Cited by Duke Elder-in 3  Back to cited text no. 2
Duke Elder. S., "System of Ophthal­mology", Diseases of the outer Eye part I P. 551, Pub. Henry Kimpton. London, 1965.  Back to cited text no. 3
El-Hefnavi, H. El-Hefnavi, M. and El­Hawary, MFS. Xeroderma pigmento­sum 111. Studies of serum copper and blood glutathione. Brit. J. Derm. 74. 218-221, 1962.  Back to cited text no. 4
El-Hefnavi, H. and El-Hawary, MFS. Chromatographic studies of aminoacids in the sera and urine of patients with Xeroderma pigmentosum and their normal relatives. Brit. Jour. Derm 75:235-244, 1963.  Back to cited text no. 5
Greeff. Arch. Augenheilg 42, 99 (1901) Cited by Duke Elder in 3.  Back to cited text no. 6
Mehregan, A. M. Dermatitis solaris related to Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Arch. Derm. 87: 469-474, 1963.  Back to cited text no. 7
Markowitz.Arch. Derm., Syph. (Chicago) 37, 343 (1935).  Back to cited text no. 8
Mathur. Ophthalmolgica, 140, 333, (1960). Cited by Duke Elder-in 3.  Back to cited text no. 9
Ruder. Ueber Epithelcarcinom. d. Hautbei Mehreren Kinder einer Familie (Diss.) Berlin (1880) Cited by Duke Elder-in 3.  Back to cited text no. 10
Velhagen. Arch. Augenheilk, 46, 232 (1903). Cited by Duke Elder-in 3.  Back to cited text no. 11


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