Linear and whorled naevoid hypermelanosis in a patient with trisomy 4 mosaicism

K. Lal, V. Di Lernia

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Linear whorled naevoid hypermelanosis (LWNH) is a rare skin condition, characterized by swirls and whorls of hyperpigmented macules distributed in a reticulate pattern along the lines of Blaschko. We report a 2-year-old boy who presented with linear and whorled hyperpigmentation on his trunk and limbs, following the lines of Blaschko. Hyperkinesia and developmental speech-language impairment were also present. A biopsy specimen showed increased pigmentation within the basal keratinocytes without incontinentia pigmenti. No chromosomal abnormality was found in peripheral blood samples. Chromosomal analysis of skin fibroblasts detected trisomy 4 mosaicism. This case shows for the first time an association of LWNH with trisomy 4 mosaicism. LWNH should not be considered a single entity, but a cutaneous expression of mosaicism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-47
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

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Hyperpigmentation
Mosaicism
Trisomy
Skin
Incontinentia Pigmenti
Hyperkinesis
Pigmentation
Keratinocytes
Chromosome Aberrations
Language
Extremities
Fibroblasts
Biopsy

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  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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Linear and whorled naevoid hypermelanosis in a patient with trisomy 4 mosaicism. / Lal, K.; Di Lernia, V.

In: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, Vol. 40, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 45-47.

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