[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 16-year-old boy presented with a number of asymptomatic pigmented macules on the volar aspect of his index fingers. Dermoscopy of each macule revealed a parallel ridge pattern of homogenous reddish-brown pigment. We propose that these lesions were induced by repetitive trauma from a Sony PlayStation 3 (Sony Corporation, Tokyo, Japan) vibration feedback controller. The lesions completely resolved following abstinence from gaming over a number of weeks. Although the parallel ridge pattern is typically the hallmark for early acral lentiginous melanoma, it may be observed in a limited number of benign entities, including subcorneal haematoma.
Australasian Journal of Dermatology 08/2010; 51(3):220-2. · 0.97 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To present epidemiologic and clinical data from the Australasian Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Registry, the first orphan disease registry in Australia.
Observational study (cross-sectional and longitudinal).
Australian private dermatology practice, inpatient ward, and outpatient clinic.
Systematic case finding of patients with EB simplex, junctional EB (JEB), and dystrophic EB and data collection were performed throughout Australia and New Zealand from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2008. Patients were consecutively enrolled in the study after clinical assessment and laboratory diagnosis. Medical records were retrospectively examined, and physicians involved in EB care were contacted to obtain patient history. A Herlitz JEB case series was prepared from registry data.
Demographics and prognosis of patients with Herlitz JEB.
A total of 259 patients were enrolled in the study: 139 with EBS, 91 with dystrophic EB, 28 with JEB, and 1 with Kindler syndrome. Most enrollees were Australian citizens (n = 243), with an Australian prevalence rate of 10.3 cases per million. The age range in the registry was birth to 99 years, with a mean and median age of 24.1 and 18.0 years, respectively. Ages were similar in patients with EBS and dominant dystrophic EB but were markedly lower in patients with JEB. Patients with Herlitz JEB (n = 10) had the highest morbidity and mortality rates, with a mean age at death of 6.8 months. Sepsis, failure to thrive, and tracheolaryngeal complications were the leading causes of death.
The Australasian EB registry is the first registry in Australia and New Zealand to provide original data on age, sex, ethnicity, and geographical and disease subtype distribution. The Australasian Herlitz JEB cohort witnessed a high infant mortality rate and poor prognosis overall.
Archives of dermatology 06/2010; 146(6):635-40. · 4.76 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We describe the challenging case of a patient presenting with extensive, eruptive mid-facial squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and keratoacanthomas (KAs) consequent to radiotherapy. Our patient had a personal and family history of multiple KAs and SCCs. Multiple self-healing squamous epithelioma, otherwise known as Ferguson-Smith disease, was diagnosed. This case presented a therapeutic challenge to preserve tissue and avoid severe facial disfigurement. We found oral acitretin to be the treatment of choice.
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 10/2009; 35(4):e100-2. · 1.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a hereditary disorder of elastic tissue. The characteristic skin changes are asymptomatic yellow papules around the neck and in body folds giving the skin a characteristic cobblestone appearance. The eyes, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems are also commonly involved. In this case-series, we present a family of four children, three of whom demonstrated diverse manifestations of PXE. The first child presented with sudden death at age 3 and showed marked coronary and renal arterial intimal fibrosis with prominent fragmentation of the internal elastic lamina, initially attributed to idiopathic arterial calcification. The second child presented with clinical features and histology of the skin typical of PXE at age 11 and the third child, with abnormal, but non-specific cardiological findings at age 8, which raised the possibility of an early stage of PXE. This report emphasizes the importance of considering pseudoxanthoma elasticum in diverse clinical settings, early diagnosis and appropriate screening for asymptomatic family members.
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 01/2007; 42(12):817-20. · 1.25 Impact Factor