Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis: Letterer – Siwe Disease

Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disorder that involves the clonal proliferation of the Langerhans cells. LCH is often diagnosed in childhood, but any age group can be affected, from infancy through adulthood. The cause of this disease is unknown, although many possibilities have been explored. The clinical presentation is highly variable. The severity and prognosis depend on the type and extent of organ involvement. The disease classically presents with three syndromes namely Eosinophilic granuloma, Letterer-Siwe disease, and Hand-Schuller-Christian disease. Letterer-Siwe disease is the most common and serious of these entities, affecting mainly infants up to two years of age. We present a case of this rare disease, diagnosed after dermatological examination, highlighting its typical aspects.

Langerhans cell histiocytosis pictures

rare dermatology disease

Langerhans cell histiocytosis symptoms

A 5-month-old female infant presented with a progressively worsening generalized rash of 1-month duration, fever, poor feeding, and abdominal distension. The examination showed jaundice, widespread petechias, telangiectasias, small erythematous papules, ulcerative – necrotic lesion and erythematous – vesical – crustry – flaky – purpuric lesions on the scalp, trunk, extremities of upper limbs (especially palmar region) and diaper area. There was also a necrotic lesion on the palate and purpuric – hemorrhagic lesions on the oral cavity. An initial laboratory workup revealed anemia, thrombocytopenia, and hepatosplenomegaly. A working diagnosis of Langerhans cell histiocytosis was reached that was later confirmed by a skin biopsy. Two day later, the patient evolved to death due to multiple organs failure.

Langerhans cell histiocytosis treatment

Letterer – Siwe disease (LSD) is a kind of a histiocytosis, rarely seen in the clinic. However, its prognosis is poor. Children with less than two years of age, with an involvement of the hematopoietic system, skin, liver, lungs, and spleen, even with aggressive treatment, may have mortality greater than 50%. The differential diagnosis is extensive and includes seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, diaper dermatitis, Darier’s disease, urticaria pigmentosa, arthropod bites, scabies, leukemia, B- and T-cell lymphomas, and some of the non-Langerhans cell histiocytoses (especially indeterminate cell histiocytosis, benign cephalic histiocytosis, generalized eruptive histiocytosis, and xanthoma disseminatum). Ear involvement can easily be mistaken for chronic otitis media or otitis externa. The diagnosis of LCH is based on morphological, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural features. The standard therapy length recommended for LCH involving the spleen, liver, or bone marrow (high-risk organs) is now 12 months based upon the DALHX- 83 and HISTSOC-LCH-III (NCT00276757) studies. In the Histiocyte Society LCH-II and LCH-III studies, the standard arm consisted of vinblastine and prednisone as described above under multifocal bone, but 6-mercaptopurine was added to the continuation phase of the protocol.

To read full article visit International Journal of Clinical Dermatology & Research.  published by SciDocPublishers



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