A Case of Familial Focal Dermal Hypoplasia: A Report of 3 Cases in Consecutive Generations

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David Ernesto Castillo
Nicole Nagrani
David Castillo
Rocio Reyes Muñoz
Mayerlis Cárdenas Guevara
Samuel D. Morales
Anna Nichols


Goltz syndrome, focal dermal hypoplasia, case report, familial case


Focal dermal hypoplasia (FDH), or Goltz syndrome, is a rare multisystem disorder affecting mesodermal and ectodermal structures, with the skin, eyes, teeth, and musculoskeletal systems most commonly affected. FDH results from mutations in the PORCN gene. Ninety-five percent of cases arise from novo mutations, whereas 5% are hereditary with an X-linked dominant inheritance pattern. Here, we describe an uncommon presentation of FDH in three consecutive generations. Patient 1 is an 8-month-old female born of non-consanguineous marriage who presented with diffuse alopecia of the scalp, linear hypopigmented, atrophic papules, and plaques with peripheral hyperpigmentation on the left hemiabdomen and right lateral leg along Blaschko's lines as well as syndactyly of the right second and third toes. Skin biopsy from the abdomen showed a thin epidermis with flattened rete ridges and massive dermal edema within collagen fibers and reactive capillaries. Family history was significant for similar skin lesions and bone deformities in her mother and similar skin lesions in her grandmother. Patient 2 (patient 1’s mother) is a 17-year-old female with similar linear hypopigmented, atrophic plaques with peripheral hyperpigmentation on the abdomen and right axilla, syndactyly of the right hand, patchy alopecia of the scalp, microdontia, teeth fusion, enamel defects, verrucous papillomas in the axillae and onycholysis. Patient 3 (patient 1’s grandmother), presented with similar hypopigmented, atrophic plaques on the abdomen and left arm.


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