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This is a rare genetic disorder that can start to show symptoms by the age of five or even younger. In this condition, the patient will develop scaly and dry patches on the palms as well as the soles of the feet. These patches may also spread to other areas of the body like the knees and the elbows. It leads to severe and chronic inflammation of the affected areas.
HOW IS PAPILLON-LEFÈVRE SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is done with the help of a skin test conducted by the dermatologist or a paediatrician, if the condition is diagnosed early in one’s childhood. The doctor will extract a sample of the tissue or the skin and examine the same in the lab. Blood tests will also be conducted to find the cause of the disorder.
HOW IS PAPILLON-LEFÈVRE SYNDROME TREATED?
Treatment for this illness is rather complicated and involves the use of Retinoids and antibiotics. However, this has helped in successful dental maintenance only for a shorter period of a year or so. Along with the same, there are cases where the teeth are extracted and new dentures are made to replace the existing ones.
DID YOU KNOW?
Skin abnormalities may sometimes be apparent at birth or during infancy.