Also known as Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia or commonly the tree-man illness, the Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis is an extremely rare condition that is characterized by growth of scaly macules and papules, particularly on the hands and feet. The symptoms are rather evident with the presence of flat, slightly scaly, red-brown macules on the face, neck and body. It is a condition that is related to dermatology based disorders.
HOW IS EPIDERMODYSPLASIA VERRUCIFORMIS DIAGNOSED?
The pediatrician or the dermatologist will perform a physical examination and get details of medical and family history to detect the problem. The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) provides information about the genetic tests for this condition.
HOW IS EPIDERMODYSPLASIA VERRUCIFORMIS TREATED?
Currently there is no treatment to prevent new EV lesions from occurring. The management of EV involves a combination of medical and surgical treatments alongside patient counselling and education. Focus on the importance of following sun protection strategies. Treat and remove warts, as one would treat other viral warts. This includes chemical treatment, cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen and electrosurgery. Oral and topical treatments with retinoic are also helpful in treating the disorder.
DID YOU KNOW?
Protecting the skin from the sun is the best way to prevent Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis