Neurologic Manifestations of Xeroderma Pigmentosum Follow-up

Updated: Apr 01, 2015
  • Author: Peter Hedera, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Prognosis

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  • Xeroderma pigmentosum is a progressive condition with a high incidence of cutaneous and inner organ tumors.
  • Progressive neurologic deterioration may occur.
  • The average life expectancy is reduced by 30 years, and neoplasms are usually the cause of death.
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Patient Education

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  • Patients and caregivers should be educated concerning the nature of the disease, the photosensitivity, the high incidence of cancer, and the necessity to avoid UV exposure.
  • Discuss skin protection (see Activity).
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