Lichen myxoedematosus discrete type L98.5

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 21.09.2023

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Discrete lichen myxedematosus; lichen fibromucinoid; lichen myxedematosus; Mucinosis papulosa seu lichenoides; myxodermia papulosa; papular mucinosis; Papular mucinosis

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Dubreuilh, 1906, Montgomery and Underwood, 1953

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Very rare, papular, small-hearth-disseminated mucinosis in euthyroidism. The disease, also known as "discrete lichen myxedematosus" or "classical lichen myxoedematosus", is considered an independent, non-systemic minus variant of generalized (systemic) scleromyxedema; see below. Overview - Lichen myxoedematosus group).

The affected skin is not indurated, the face remains unaffected, paraproteinemia is not proven. Transitions to scleromyxoedema have not been described for the "discrete lichen myxoedematosus".

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Unknown, fibroblast proliferation with accumulation of acidic mucopolysaccharides.

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Disease of adulthood, manifestation age between 30 and 40 years.

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Whitish or skin-colored, firm papules and plaques

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V.a. extensor sides of the arms, also back of the hands, trunk and thighs are rarely affected.

Clinical features
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Integument: Frequently symmetrically distributed, nonpruritic, nonfollicular, disseminated, 0.3- 0.4 cm in size, lichenoid, soft or firm, skin-colored, yellowish-white or yellowish-reddish papules, regionally also aggregated or confluent into plaques. It is not uncommon to see a linear arrangement of the nodules (see Fig.).

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Mucinous papules in circumscribed areas in the upper dermis. In some cases the epidermis is flattened, the retelepses have spread. Adnexae may be missing. Noticeable is the marked mucin proliferation with proliferation of fibroblasts (often with large star-shaped nuclei) in the upper and middle dermis. Vertebrally arranged collagen fibre bundles. Discrete lymphocytic infiltrates are localized perivascularly.

Differential diagnosis
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General therapy
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No causal therapy known.

Spontaneous cures are possible.

Aggressive therapeutic approaches should otherwise be made with due restraint (the disease is not life-threatening). S.a.u. Scleromyxedema.

External therapy
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In circumscribed forms glucocorticoid crystal suspension intralesional (e.g. Volon A diluted 1:1 with LA, e.g. scandicain). Excision if necessary. Successes with dermabrasion andCO2 laser have been described.

Internal therapy
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Immunosuppressive therapy: consider secondary tumor risk when using alkylating cytostatics. Successful treatments are described with melphalan (Alkeran) and with cyclophosphamide (Endoxan) 100-150 mg/day p.o.. However, these are often accompanied by significant NW (pancyto-, leuko-, thrombopenias).

Especially with regard to long-term therapy, chlorambucil (Leukeran) 4-6 mg/day proves to be better tolerated.

On a trial basis, isotretinoin (e.g., isotretinoin-ratiopharm; acnenormin) 0.5-1 mg/kg bw/day initially can also be used.

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Chronic course. Spontaneous healing is possible.

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Last updated on: 21.09.2023