Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS).

A 10-year-old girl presents with multiple pigmented macules on the vermilion border of her lower lip.

Melanosis of lips



The dark brown lesions are 2–5 mm in size and are arranged in a cluster. The patient’s older brother has similar lesions. The patient complains of recurrent bouts of abdominal pain.

Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?
a. Gardner syndrome
b. Herpes simplex virus infection
c. Freckles
d. Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
e. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease


The answer is d.  The most likely diagnosis in this patient is Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS). This is an autosomal dominant polyposis characterized by multiple small macules (lentigines)
on the lips and oral membranes. Abdominal symptoms occur because of multiple benign hamartomatous polyps in the small and large bowel and in the stomach. Freckles (ephelides) are lighter lesions due to increased epidermal pigment in the distribution of sun-exposed areas. Gardner’s syndrome is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by facial cysts and
adenomatous polyps in the small and large intestines. Herpes simplex virus
is characterized by painful vesicles, which are grouped and confluent.
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious systemic infection
caused by coxsackievirus A16 and characterized by ulcerative oral lesions

and a vesicular exanthem on the distal extremities.

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