Pseudoainhum is an infrequent complication in the autosomal-recessive keratodermas. We describe two related families in which the diagnosis of mal de Meleda keratoderma has been confirmed by mode of inheritance and ultrastructural findings. One family member, a 9-year-old girl, developed pseudoainhum which threatened the viability of her little fingers. This responded to treatment with etretinate. The treatment dilemma posed by keratoderma-induced pseudoainhum in children, i.e. the concern over the possible skeletal toxic effects of long-term etretinate treatment vs. the risks and outcome of surgery, is discussed.
|Number of pages
|British Journal of Dermatology
|Published - 1993