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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?
Diagnosis is done by a dentist who would observe the loss of teeth pattern and also do a blood test and tissue test.
HOW IS PAPILLON-LEFÈVRE SYNDROME TREATED?
The treatment of Papillon-Lefèvre Syndrome is directed toward the specific symptoms that are apparent in each individual. Treatment may require the coordinated efforts of a team of specialists. Physicians may carefully monitor affected individuals to help prevent and ensure early identification of infection. Should gum infection occur antibiotic therapy may be prescribed. In some cases, surgery and skin grafts may be used to alleviate skin problems. Use of antiperspirants and deodorants may help with excessive perspiration. Genetic counseling may be of benefit for affected individuals and their families. Other treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Treatment with vitamin A (retinoids) has been found helpful in treating some individuals with Papillon-Lefèvre Syndrome.
DID YOU KNOW?
Topical lubricants may also be used for temporary relief.