Porokeratosis of Mibelli
Porokeratosis of Mibelli is one type of porokeratosis. The term
porokeratosis refers to skin lesions with a thinned centre surrounded by a ridge-like border called the cornoid lamella. The cornoid lamella is due to an expanding number of unusual keratinocytes (surface skin cells). Occasionally there is a family history of porokeratosis of Mibelli or another type of porokeratosis such as linear porokeratosis or disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP), suggesting a genetic predisposition.
Features of porokeratosis of Mibelli
Porokeratosis of Mibelli usually appears in childhood, but lesions may be present at birth or may first appear at puberty or later. Adult onset has been seen following suppression of the immune system by certain medications or illness.
Lesions start as small, light brown, scaly papules that may join into one or more plaques with irregular boundaries. Each plaque is separated from the surrounding skin by a warty rim with well-defined thin furrows running in its centre.
Porokeratosis of Mibelli most often affects the limbs, particularly the hands and feet, the neck and shoulders, the face and the genitals, although any part of the body may be affected including the mucous membranes.
Lesions may remain unchanged for many years or may slowly grow between long periods of inactivity. A skin cancer can develop within porokeratosis of Mibelli. This may be either a basal or squamous cell carcinoma, and is more likely to occur in older adults. If a lump or sore appears within a porokeratosis lesion, arrange for it to be reviewed by your dermatologist. It may require a biopsy or cutting out (excision).
The diagnosis of porokeratosis is sometimes made by characteristic features on pathology.
Treatment of porokeratosis of Mibelli
There is no known cure for porokeratosis of Mibelli and treatment is generally disappointing. However, the appearance may improve with the following measures:
- 5-Fluorouracil cream
- Calcipotriol cream
- Oral acitretin or isotretinoin
- Carbon dioxide laser ablation
Sun protection is very important as exposure to ultraviolet radiation may result in the development of skin cancer within the porokeratosis lesion.
- OMIM – Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (search term Porokeratosis of Mibelli)
- Book: Textbook of Dermatology. Ed Rook A, Wilkinson DS, Ebling FJB, Champion RH, Burton JL. Fourth edition. Blackwell Scientific Publications.
On DermNet NZ:
- Porokeratosis – pathology
- Disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis
- Linear porokeratosis
- Porokeratosis – from Medscape Reference
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