Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome (BHD) is a rare disorder that affects the skin and lungs and increases the risk of certain types of tumors. It is characterized by multiple skin tumors, which are non-cancerous, on the face, neck and upper chest. These skin lesions appear at the age of 20-30 and grow large over time.
HOW IS BIRT-HOGG-DUBE SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of BHD is done through a thorough clinical examination, detailed patient history and identification of symptoms. Biopsy of the skin lesion may be performed to confirm diagnosis. CT scan of the lungs is required to detect pulmonary cysts. A DNA-based genetic test confirms the definitive diagnosis of BHD.
HOW IS BIRT-HOGG-DUBE SYNDROME TREATED?
The treatment depends on the specific symptoms that are apparent in each individual. Treatment may include laser beam to destroy affected skin tissue; surgery may be necessary in case of renal neoplasia and repeated lung collapse.
DID YOU KNOW?
Birt Hogg dube syndrome is most caused by inheritance