Keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa
Other Names for this Disease
- Buschke fischer brauer syndrome
- Keratoderma, palmoplantar punctate type 1
- Keratodermia palmoplantaris papulosa, Buschke-Fischer-Brauer type
- Type I punctate palmoplantar keratoderma
Your QuestionMy father has Buschke Fischer keratoderma palmo-plantaris. Is there any treatment for this condition?
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- What is keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa?
- What are the signs and symptoms of keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa?
- What causes keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa?
- How is keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa inherited?
- How is keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa diagnosed?
- How might keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa (KPPP) be treated?
- How can I find a genetics professional in my area?
In some families, keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa appears to be associated with an increased risk for cancer.
It is known that some forms of palmoplantar keratoderma (PPK) are acquired as opposed to inherited, but we are unaware of reports of specific cases of KPPP (one type of PPK) being described as acquired cases.
Autosomal dominant inheritance is when only one mutated copy of a disease-causing gene in each cell is sufficient for a person to be affected. An autosomal dominant condition may occur for the first time in an affected individual due to a new mutation, or may be inherited from an affected parent. When a person with an autosomal dominant disorder has a child, there is a 50% chance that his/her child will inherit the condition.
Keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa shows “age dependent penetrance” and possibly “variable penetrance” as well. Age dependant penetrance means that the older the person is, the more likely they are to develop symptoms if they have inherited the disease causing gene mutation.
Variable penetrance means that not everyone who inherits the gene mutation that causes keratosis palmoplantaris papulosa develops the signs and symptoms of the condition. However this person would still be at risk of passing the disease-causing mutation to their offspring.
With regard to punctate keratodermas in general, there has been some reported success using keratolytics such as corticosteroids, urea, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or Vitamin A. Systemic therapy using vitamin D analogues, aromatic retinoids, and 5-fluorouracil has also been used. However, individuals with successful resolution of lesions often relapse unless they are maintained on chronic low-dose therapy. These topical and systemic treatments carry a variety of side effects.
Surgery (including excision and skin grafting) for punctate keratodermas has been used on lesions resistant to medical treatment, but healing after surgical treatment can be difficult. CO2 laser ablation has also been attempted and reportedly produces good results for limited areas of hyperkeratosis of the palms.
Genetics clinics are a source of information for individuals and families regarding genetic conditions, treatment, inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. More information about genetic consultations is available from Genetics Home Reference. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary healthcare provider for a referral.
The following online resources can help you find a genetics professional in your community:
- The National Society for Genetic Counselors provides a searchable directory of US and international genetic counseling services.
- The American College of Medical Genetics has a searchable database of US genetics clinics.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides a list of US and international genetic centers, clinics, and departments.
- The American Society of Human Genetics maintains a database of its members, which includes individuals who live outside of the United States. Visit the link to obtain a list of the geneticists in your country, some of whom may be researchers that do not provide medical care.
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