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Kindler Syndrome Follow-up

  • Author: Anatoli Freiman, MD, FRCPC, DABD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
 
Updated: Aug 17, 2015
 

Deterrence/Prevention

Avoiding the sun and protecting the skin from light exposure may prevent or slow the progression of poikiloderma. Good wound care includes the use of topical and systemic antibiotics for infected bullous lesions, which may reduce morbidity.

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Complications

Secondary infections from congenital blisters and bullae may occur. The blisters usually heal without residual scarring, but they can result in hypopigmentation and transient milia. Mucosal involvement can lead to urethral, anal, and esophageal stenosis. Accelerated periodontal disease is common. Ophthalmic complications, such as conjunctival scarring, may occur.

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Prognosis

Patients usually have normal intelligence and a normal life span. Blistering improves with age, but poikiloderma and atrophy are progressive. Morbidity and mortality are mostly related to secondary infections arising from cutaneous bullae and to cosmetic disfigurement.

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Patient Education

Patients should be advised to avoid trauma, which helps prevent blister formation. The use of broad-spectrum photoprotection should be emphasized.

For patient education resources, see the Skin, Hair, and Nails Center.

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Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Anatoli Freiman, MD, FRCPC, DABD Consulting Staff, Division of Dermatology, Women's College Hospital, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Canada

Anatoli Freiman, MD, FRCPC, DABD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Canadian Medical Association, Ontario Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Women's Dermatologic Society, Canadian Dermatology Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

David F Butler, MD Section Chief of Dermatology, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System; Professor of Dermatology, Texas A&M University College of Medicine; Founding Chair, Department of Dermatology, Scott and White Clinic

David F Butler, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha, Association of Military Dermatologists, American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for MOHS Surgery, Phi Beta Kappa

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH Professor and Head of Dermatology, Professor of Pathology, Pediatrics, Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Visiting Professor, Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration

Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, New York Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Physicians, Sigma Xi

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Dirk M Elston, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Franklin Flowers, MD Department of Dermatology, Professor Emeritus Affiliate Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Florida College of Medicine

Franklin Flowers, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Mohs Surgery

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgements

The authors and editors of Medscape Reference gratefully acknowledge the contributions of previous author, Laura Russell, MD, to the development and writing of this article.

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Images show the progression of lesions. A and B: At birth, acral blisters and erosions are present. C and D: At age 5 years, atrophy and reticulated erythema with dyschromic patches are noted. E and F: At age 7 years, progressive poikilodermatous changes with reticulated erythema and telangiectasia occur. G and H: At age 10 and 15 years, poikiloderma with telangiectasia and depigmentation are observed. Excoriations are due to pruritus. Reprinted from Yasukawa K, Sato-Matsumura KC, McMillan J, et al: Exclusion of COL7A1 mutation in Kindler syndrome. J Am Acad Dermatol 2002 Mar; 46(3): 447-50. Courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology.
 
 
 
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