Anca Chiriac, Cristian Podoleanu and Simona Stolnicu
Alopecia areata represents an autoimmune process against an unidentified autoantigen in the follicle of the hair, which affects all ages, from young children (a few months old) to elderly patients. Alopecia areata has an important impact on the quality of life, leading to a predisposition towards anxiety and depression, especially if the patients are treated with corticoid therapy that heightens the risk for such psychiatric disorders. We present the case of a patient with alopecia areata who was diagnosed at the age of 18 months, and had been followed-up until the age of 27 years.
Anca Chiriac, Cristian Podoleanu and Simona Stolnicu
Background: Self-induced skin lesions, especially in young children, can create confusion within pediatricians, dermatologists, or other medical care providers, leading to different diagnoses, unnecessary investigations, and delaying the correct therapeutic psychiatric evaluation.
Case report: We report the case of a 4-year-old boy who was referred to Dermatology after being hospitalized in the Allergy Department for a chronic allergic contact dermatitis. He had been previously diagnosed with chronic hand dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, and treated with no favorable outcome. Scaly erythematous plaques were noticed on the dorsal aspects of both hands and on the lateral folds of the fingers. The skin lesions were distributed in a non-symmetrical way. A diagnosis of self-injurious behavior was presumed, and psychiatric evaluation was asked. The child was transferred to the Psychiatry Department, and a diagnosis of schizophrenia was concluded.
Anca Chiriac, Monica Tarcea, Cristian Podoleanu and Simona Stolnicu
We present a case of “gloves and socks” syndrome associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in a 6-year-old child hospitalized for febrile syndrome associated with monomorphic purpuric papular eruption localized on the distal part of extremities, in a “gloves and socks” pattern. Clinical diagnosis was confirmed by positivity of specific IgM against Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Favorable outcome was obtained by administration of oral clarithromycin.
Anca Chiriac, Piotr Brzezinski, Cristian Podoleanu and Simona Stolnicu
Tinea incognito defines a modified clinical aspect of a tinea following an immunosuppressive therapy, mostly with potent topical steroids. Its diagnosis may be delayed by its delusive appearance, especially in small children and young adults. We present a series of 2 cases of Tinea incognito developed at different ages and incorrectly diagnosed initially, where the clinical diagnosis was followed by mycological examination and positive therapeutic test with antifungal medication, helping to avoid unnecessary laboratory investigations and to prevent further complications.
Cristian Podoleanu, Bogdan Dobrovat, Simona Stolnicu and Anca Chiriac
Lipodermatosclerosis and diabetic dermopathy are low-risk skin lesions with many similar clinical features, except for venous abnormalities such as chronic venous insufficiency, but are rarely a reason for referring the patient to vascular ultrasound examination. We present 3 serial cases in which the compression ultrasound examination (CUS) of the venous circulation of the affected limbs was of utmost importance in the severity stratification. Asymptomatic deep venous thrombosis (DVT) was found in the first two cases, while in the third case the CUS excluded any type of vascular involvement, leading to a definite diagnosis of diabetic dermopathy. Lipodermatosclerosis may be associated with asymptomatic DVT due to chronic venous insufficiency, and early referral to CUS positively impacts further patient management.
Anca Chiriac, Piotr Brzezinski, Liliana Foia, Cristian Podoleanu, Cosmin Moldovan and Simona Stolnicu
Knuckle pads are thickening of the skin over the extensor surface of the proximal interphalangeal joints. Clinical picture, ultrasound imaging, and histopathological examination of the skin biopsy ascertain the diagnosis. In routine practice, two main differential diagnoses are important: knuckle pads vs. pseudo-knuckle pads and idiopathic vs. non-idiopathic forms of knuckle pads.
Anca Chiriac, Anca Eduard Chiriac, Cristian Podoleanu and Simona Stolnicu
Introduction: Pilomatrixoma or pilomatricoma is a benign appendageal growth, originating from hair cortex cells.
Case presentation: We present an unusual case of a 65-year-old female patient who has been diagnosed and treated for a presumed recurrent furunculosis localized on the abdominal area. Ultrasonography raised the suspicion of pilomatrixoma. A large excision was performed and histopathology confirmed the diagnosis.
Conclusions: Ultrasonography could be a simple and reliable diagnostic tool in daily practice.
Anca Chiriac, Mihai Mares, Cristian Podoleanu, Cosmin Moldovan and Simona Stolnicu
Introduction: Lately, a new idea has caught the attention of young people of both genders, being debated in consultation rooms, during classes, and especially on social media: is using horse shampoo for human hair wrong or not?
Material and methods: A simple questionnaire about horse shampoo and its use in humans was addressed to 85 students.
Results: Thirty-eight responders were aware of its existence, 27 have tried it and 3 were still using it as a weekly shampoo. All positive responders were young women who declared being completely satisfied by horse shampoo and none of them have reported side effects.
Conclusion: Although it has good reviews, horse shampoo is not available in human pharmacies. As dermatologists, we are still looking for an answer.