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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 316
Dermoscopy of dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication22-Sep-2022

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Apoorva Maheshwari
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.ijd_895_21

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Maheshwari A, Garg T, Sanke S. Dermoscopy of dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis. Indian J Dermatol 2022;67:316

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Dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis (DPR) was originally documented by Hauss and Oberste-Lehn in 1958, and is an uncommon reticulate pigmentary disorder.[1] Less than 20 cases are reported. Here, we describe brief history and examination of a classical case of DPR with Addisonian pigmentation. To our knowledge, this is first attempt at dermoscopy of this rare pigmentary disorder. Patient presented with reticulate pigmentation over face, neck, v of chest, forearms, dorsae of hands and feet and palms and soles, along with dystrophic nails, non-cicatricial alopecia of scalp with bleaching of pigmentation. Diffuse pigmentation was present in axillae, cubital fossae and groins. Patient was found to have megaloblastic anaemia with vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency. Vitamin B12 and folic acid supplementation led to resolution of diffuse flexural pigmentation. Topical minoxidil led to reversal of scalp alopecia. We performed dermoscopy (using Timpac DL4 4th generation Dermlite dermatoscope; contact and non-polarized technique) of various sites which revealed following findings.

[Figure 1] shows dermoscopy of scalp. Hair density is reduced with fine vellus hair (red arrow). Light to dark brown pigment globules and reticular areas (yellow arrow) can be seen in perifollicular manner, along with white dots representing eccrine glands openings (blue arrow).
Figure 1: Dermoscopy of scalp

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[Figure 2] shows dermoscopy of neck. Erythema can be appreciated in upper quadrant (red arrow) and brown reticular areas form a pseudonetwork like pattern (blue arrow) around eccrine gland openings (yellow arrow).
Figure 2: Clinical and dermoscopic image of neck

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[Figure 3] and [Figure 4] are from palm and sole respectively, which show irregularly arranged hypopigmented (red arrow) and hyperpigmented (blue arrow) macules. Also, pseudonetwork like pattern (yellow arrow) can be appreciated along with preservation of normal ridge pattern.
Figure 3: Clinical and dermoscopic image of palm

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Figure 4: Clinical and dermoscopic image of sole

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[Figure 5] is dermoscopic image of volar aspect of a finger at the level of distal interphalangeal joint which shows preserved furrow ridge pattern over the middle phalanx (red arrow) in comparison to hypoplasia of furrow ridge pattern over the distal phalanx (blue arrow).
Figure 5: Dermoscopic image at level of DIP

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Skin biopsy was taken from neck [Figure 6] and palms [Figure 7]a and [Figure 7]b. That from neck showed increased pigmentation in epidermis with dermis showing pigment incontinence and sparse perivascular inflammatory infiltrate and palmar biopsy showed epidermal hyperkeratosis with focal elongation of rete ridges with evidence of increased pigmentation (magnified in [Figure 7]b).
Figure 6: Histopathology from neck (40×; haematoxylin and eosin)

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Figure 7: (a) Histopathology from palm (40×; haematoxylin and eosin). (b) Histopathology from palm (100×; haematoxylin and eosin)

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DPR is characterised by a triad of widespread reticular pigmentation, non-scarring alopecia and nail changes. Other associated findings include adermatoglyphia, hypohidrosis or hyperhidrosis, palmoplantar hyperkeratosis and acral dorsal non-scarring blisters.[2]

Dermoscopy is a commonly used office investigation that aids in substantiating diagnosis and correlates with clinical and histological presentation of the disease in question. It has previously been used in few reticulate pigmentary disorders (as mentioned below) to ease the clinical diagnosis.

Dermoscopy of Dowling Degos disease, which has flexural reticulate pigmentation, shows follicular pits and irregular brownish projections around hypopigmented centre, while that of Acropigmentation of Kitamura conspicuous interruptions in the dermatoglyphics as canaliform structures aligned perpendicular to dermatoglyphics at irregular intervals.[3],[4] In Dyschromatosis Symmetrica Hereditaria, the hyperpigmented lesions show interconnected, variously pigmented appearances like reticulated hyperpigmented spots and dark brown spots on homogenous dark background.[5]

DPR is exceedingly rare ectodermal dysplasia with characteristic phenotypic features. The diagnosis can further be substantiated with dermoscopic evaluation. However, there is paucity of literature on the same and to the best of our knowledge, this is the first dermoscopic account of this rare disease.

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   References Top

Hauss H, Oberste-Lehn H. Dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis. Dermatol Wochenschr 1958;138:1337.  Back to cited text no. 1
Bux TS, Kim YK, Whang KU. A case of dermatopathia pigmentosa reticularis. J Dermatol 1997;24:266-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
Nirmal B, Dongre AM, Khopkar US. Dermatoscopic features of hyper and hypopigmented lesions of Dowling Degos disease. Indian J Dermatol 2016;61:125.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Adya KA, Inamadar AC, Palit A. Reticulate acropigmentation of kitamura: A dermoscopic perspective. Indian Dermatol Online J 2020;11:128-30.  Back to cited text no. 4
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Oiso N, Murata I, Hayashi M, Amatsu A, Yoshida M, Suzuki T, et al. Dermoscopic features in a case of dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria. J. Dermatol 2011;38:91-3.  Back to cited text no. 5


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