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Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, and Noninfectious Immunodeficiency Disorders. Rick Lin, DO MPH July 15, 2003. Atopic Dermatitis. Aka atopic eczema Aka infantile eczema Aka flexural eczema Aka disseminated neurodermatitis Aka prurigo diathsique . Atopic Dermatitis.
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Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 1

Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, and Noninfectious Immunodeficiency Disorders

Rick Lin, DO MPH

July 15, 2003

Atopic dermatitisSlide 2

Atopic Dermatitis

  • Aka atopic eczema

  • Aka infantile eczema

  • Aka flexural eczema

  • Aka disseminated neurodermatitis

  • Aka prurigo diathsique

Atopic dermatitis1Slide 3

Atopic Dermatitis

  • High level of IgE antibodies to House dust mites

  • IgE bound to Langerhans cells in atopic skin

  • Food exacerbates symptoms in some patients: eggs, peanuts, cow’s milk represent up to 75% of positive test.

Atopic dermatitis2Slide 4

Atopic Dermatitis

  • Pruritis is the hallmark of AD

  • Eczematous eruption leads to lichenified dermatitis

  • Itching precedes the appearance of lesions

Infantile atopic dermatitisSlide 5

Infantile Atopic Dermatitis

  • 60% of case AD present in the first year of life, after 2 months of age

  • Begin as itchy erythema of the cheeks

  • Distribution include scalp, neck, forehead, wrist, and extensors

  • May become desquamate leading to erythroderma.

Infantile atopic dermatitis1Slide 6

Infantile Atopic Dermatitis

  • Most cases the symptoms will disappear toward the end of the second year.

  • The role of food allergy in infantile and childhood atopic dermatitis has been clarified

  • Egg, peanut, milk, wheat, fish, soy, and chicken may exacerbate infantile AD

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 7

Involvement of the cheeks is characteristic of the infantile pattern of AD.

Childhood atopic dermatitisSlide 8

Childhood Atopic Dermatitis

  • Characterized by less acute lesions

  • Distribution: antecubital and popliteal fossae, flexor wrist, eyelids, and face.

  • Severe atopic dermatitis involving more than 50% of body surface area is associated with growth retardation.

Adult atopic dermatitisSlide 10

Adult Atopic Dermatitis

  • Distribution: antecubital and popliteal fossae, the front side of the neck, the forehead, and area around the eyes.

  • Atopic individuals are at greater risk of developing hand dermatitis than are the rest of the population

  • 70% develop hand dermatitis some times in their lives

Cutaneous stigmataSlide 13

Cutaneous stigmata

  • Dennie-Morgan fold

  • Pityriasis alba

  • Keratosis pilaris

  • Hertoghe’s sign – thinning of the lateral eyebrows

  • Keratosis punctata palmaris et plantaris

Vascular stigmataSlide 17

Vascular Stigmata

  • Headlight sign – perinasal and periorbital pallor

  • White dermographism – blanching of the skin at the site of stroking with a blunt instrument – cause edema and obscure color of underlying vessels.

InfectionSlide 18


  • Staph aureus – 90% of chronic lesions

  • Eczema herpeticum – generalized herpes simplex infection. Young children usually.

  • Vaccination against smallpox is contraindicated in person with atopic dermatitis. Even when condition is in remission, widespread and even fatal vaccinia can occur.

ImmunologySlide 19


  • T helper cell type 2 (Th2) dominance

  • Th2 produces IL-4, 5, and 10

  • IL-4 and IL-5 produce elevated IgE and eosinophilia

  • IL-10 inhibits delayed type hypersensitivity

  • Th2 maybe sensitive to house mites or grass pollen

Immunology1Slide 21


  • Monocytes produces elevated amount of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2)

  • PGE2 reduces gamma-interferon production, but not IL-4 from helper cells thereby enhancing the Th2 dominance

  • PGE2 also directly enhances IgE production from B cells

Immunology2Slide 23


  • Langerhans cells of AD patient stimulate helper T cells into Th2 phenotype without the presence of antigen

  • Langerhans cells have IgE bound to their suface receptors. These IgE are associated with atopic antigens, such as house dust mites

Differential diagnosisSlide 25

Differential Diagnosis

  • Seb Derm

  • Contact dermatitis

  • Nummular eczema

  • Scabies

  • Psoriasis

HistologySlide 27


  • Spongiotic dermatitis

  • Lichen simplex chronicus

  • Eosinophiles may be seen

ManagementSlide 29


  • Protect from scratching

  • Adequate cleansing but not over bathing or rubbing

  • Gentle cleanser

  • Anti-histamines, especially at night

  • Bathing protocol

  • Food allergies concerns and dietary restrictions.

  • Hydrate skin daily with moisturizers

Management1Slide 30


  • Topical steroid

  • Wet compress of Burow’s solution such as Domeboro.

  • Crude coal tar/liquor corbonis detergens (LCD)

Management2Slide 31


  • “Topical FK506 (Tacrolimus) is dramatically beneficial in SEVERE atopic dermatitis”

  • 95% showed good improvement in Alaiti and Rusicka study in JAAD 1998, Archive 1999

Regional eczemaSlide 32

Regional Eczema

  • Ear eczema

  • Eyelid dermatitis

  • Nipple eczema

  • Hand eczema

  • Diaper dermatitis

  • Infectious eczematoid dermatitis

  • Juvenile plantar dermatosis

Ear eczemaSlide 33

Ear Eczema

  • Most frequently caused by seborrheic or atopic dermatitis

  • Staph, Strep, or Psoeudomonas

  • Earlobe is pathognomonic of nickel allergy

Eyelid dermatitisSlide 35

Eyelid dermatitis

  • When on one eye only, it is most frequently caused by nail polish

  • When both eyelids are involved, consider mascara, eye shadow, eyelash cement, eyeline, etc

Nipple eczemaSlide 36

Nipple eczema

  • Painful fissuring, seen especially in nursing mothers

  • Maybe an isolated manifestation of atopic dermatitis

  • If persist more than 3 month, and/or unilateral, biopsy is mandatory to rule out Paget’s

Hand eczemaSlide 39

Hand eczema

  • Spongiosis histologically

  • Irritant hand dermatitis- seen in homemakers, nurses. Resulting from excessive exposure to soaps

  • Pompholyx- tapioca vesicles, on sides of fingers, palms, and soles

  • Differentials – Bullous Tinea, id, allergic contact dermatitis

TreatmentSlide 41


  • Barrier

  • Moisturizer

  • Systemic Corticosteroids

  • Phototherapy – UVA, PUVA, Radiotherapy (Grenz Ray)

Diaper dermatitisSlide 42

Diaper dermatitis

  • Jacquet’s erosive diaper dermatitis

  • Pseudoverrucous papule and nodules

  • Graduloma gluteal infantum

  • Irritation caused by bacteria, change in the environment (wet, lower PH, feces)

  • Candida albicans are secondary infection.

Infectious eczematoid dermatitisSlide 44

Infectious eczematoid dermatitis

  • Vesicular, pustular, or cursted

  • Ulceration and superficial infection may be present

  • Treatment involve the removal of irritant and antibiotic treatment.

Juvenile plantar dermatosisSlide 46

Juvenile plantar dermatosis

  • Begins as a patchy symmetrical, smooth, red, glazed macules on the base of the great toes

  • Affect age 3 to puberty.

  • Symmetrical lesions on weight bearing area

  • “toxic sock syndrome” – caused by repeated maceration of the feet by occlusive shoes and nonabsorbent synthetic socks

  • Virtually always resolve after puberty

Xerotic eczemaSlide 47

Xerotic Eczema

  • Aka winter itch, nummular eczema, eczema craquele, and asteototic eczema.

  • Anterior shins, extensor arms, and flank

  • Elderly person predisposed.

  • Use of bath oils in bath water is recommended to prevent water loss

  • Moisturizers – urea or lactic acid.

Nutritional deficiency eczemaSlide 49

Nutritional Deficiency Eczema

  • Localized, thickened pattern with scaling patches.

  • Exacerbated by nutritional deficiency

Hormone induced dermatosesSlide 50

Hormone Induced Dermatoses

  • Autoimmune progesterone dermatitis – urticaria, urticarial paplues, papulovesicular lesion, or eythema multiforme. Appear 5-10 days before menses

  • Autoimmune estrogen dermatitis – a cyclic skin disorder with variable morphologies. Exacerbate premenstrually or occur only immediately before the menses. Treatment with tamoxifen maybe effective.

Immunodeficiency syndromesSlide 51

Immunodeficiency Syndromes

  • X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia

  • Isolated IgA Deficiency

  • Common Variable Immunodificiency

  • Isolated Primary IgM Deficiency

  • Immunodificiency with Hyper-IgM

  • Thymic Hypoplasia

  • Thymic Dysplasia with Normal Immunoglobulins (Nezelof Syndrome)

Immunodeficiency syndromes1Slide 52

Immunodeficiency Syndromes

  • Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase Deficiency

  • Miscellaneous T-Cell Deficiencies

  • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID)

  • Thymoma with Immunodeficiency

  • Ataxia-Telangiectasia (Louis-Bar’s S.)

  • Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

Immunodeficiency syndromes2Slide 53

Immunodeficiency Syndromes

  • X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome

  • Chronic Granulomatous Disease

  • Myeloperoxidase Deficiency

  • Leukocyte Adhesion Molecule Deficiency

  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome

  • Hyperimmunoglobulinemia E Syndrome

  • Complement Deficiency

  • Graft-Versus-Host Disease

X linked agammaglobulinemiaSlide 54

X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia

  • Aka Bruton’s syndrome, sex-linked agammaglobulinemia.

  • Appear after 3-6 month of life

  • Frequent Strep and staph infection. Viral resistance intact.

  • IgA, IgM, IgD, and IgE are absent in the serum. IgG present with small amount

  • Cell-mediated immunity intact. T lymphocytes are normal, B cells are completely lacking

X linked agammaglobulinemia1Slide 55

X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia

  • Defect lies in the maturation block in pre-B-cell to B-cell differentiation

  • Protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) gene deletion and point mutation

  • May develop leukemia, fatal encephalitis, resporatory

Isolated iga deficiencySlide 56

Isolated IgA Deficiency

  • Absence or marked reduction of serum IgA

  • 1:600 in white population, most are entirely well.

  • Malignancy is increased in adult with IgA deficiency.

Common variable immunodificiencySlide 57

Common Variable Immunodificiency

  • Aka acquired hypogammaglobulinemia

  • HLA marker B8 and DR3 are affected

  • Recurrent sinopulmonary infections

  • B cells present but not terminally differentiated

  • T cells dysfunction evident

Isolated primary igm deficiencySlide 59

Isolated Primary IgM Deficiency

  • Eczematous dermatitis presents in 1/5 of patient with this condition

  • Predisposition to bacterial infection

  • Defect in maturation of IgM producing plasma cell.

Immunodificiency with hyper igmSlide 60

Immunodificiency with Hyper-IgM

  • Low or absent IgG, IgE, and IgA level. Normal or elevated IgM and IgD

  • IVGG, and allogenic bone marrow transplant

  • X-linked form caused by mutation or deletion of Xq26.3-27.1 region, which encodes a ligand of CD40, gp39

  • Gp39-CD40 interaction signals for Ig isotype switching.

Thymic hypoplasiaSlide 63

Thymic Hypoplasia

  • DiGeorge anomaly, aka III and IV pharyngeal pouch syndrome

  • Facies: notched, low-set ears, micrognathia, shorten philtrum, hypertelorism

  • Congenital absence of the parathyroid, thymus, and abnormal aorta

  • Hpocalcemia is the first sign

  • Aorteic and cardiac defects are the cause of death

  • Deletions within proximal long arm of chromosone 22

Thymic dysplasia with normal immunoglobulins nezelof syndromeSlide 64

Thymic Dysplasia with Normal Immunoglobulins (Nezelof Syndrome)

  • Faulty development of thymus gland

  • Autosomal recessive

  • Thymus is present but under developed, no cardiac abnormalities.

  • Contrast to DiGeorge syndrome.

Purine nucleoside phosphorylase deficiencySlide 65

Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase Deficiency

  • Greatly reduced T-Cell counts, depressed cell mediated immunity

  • B cells and antibody formation intact

  • Mutation on 14q13

  • Usually died of overwhelming viral infection

Miscellaneous t cell deficienciesSlide 66

Miscellaneous T-Cell Deficiencies

  • Cartilage-hair hypoplasia syndrome, AR, patient with short-limbed dwarfism, fine sparse, hypopigmented hair, defective cell mediated immunity.

  • Omenn’s syndrome, AR, mimic GVHD, exfoliative erythroderma, eosinophilia, recurrent infection, hypogammaglobulinema, diarrhea, hepatosplenomegly, early death by 6 month. Inefficient and abnormal generation of T-Cell receptor.

Scid severe combined immunodeficiency diseaseSlide 69

SCID: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease

  • Severe impairment of humoral and cellular immunity

  • Triad of Moniliasis of the oropharynx and skin, intractable diarrhea, and pneumonia.

  • Overwhelming viral infection is the cause of death.

  • Deficiency or total absence of circulating lymphocytes

Thymoma with immunodeficiencySlide 70

Thymoma with Immunodeficiency

  • Good’s syndrome

  • Deficient in cell mediated immunity and benign thymoma occurring simultaneously

  • Thymectomy does not affect the immunodeficiency

Ataxia telangiectasia louis bar s sSlide 71

Ataxia-Telangiectasia (Louis-Bar’s S.)

  • Distinctive telangiectasia in bulbar conjuctiva and flexural suraces of the arm developing during the 5th year of age

  • Telangiectasia occurs on butterfly are of the face, palate, ear, and exposed skin. Café au lait patches, and Graying hair also present.

  • Cerebellar ataxia is the first sign of this syndrome, beginning in the second year of life.

  • Choreic and athetoid movement present.

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 73

  • Persistent granulomatous plaques on the leg of child with ataxia–telangiectasia.

Wiskott aldrich syndromeSlide 74

Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

  • Triad: chronic eczematous dermatitis resemble AD, increase suseptibility to infections (OM), and thrombocytopenia purpura/hepatoslpenomegly

  • Death by age 6

  • Accelerated IgA, IgM and IgE synthesis

  • T-cell decline in numbers and activity

  • Xp11 gene mutation. Codes for WASP protein which reorganize cytoskeleton

X linked lymphoproliferative syndromeSlide 76

X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome

  • Aka Duncan’s disease

  • Inability to control Epstein-Barr virus infection.

  • Pt normal until develop infectious Mono.

  • Xq26 abnormailty

  • B-cell lymphoproliferative disease with acquired hypoglobulinemia.

Chronic granulomatous diseaseSlide 77

Chronic Granulomatous Disease

  • Recurring purulent and granulomatous infections involving long bones, lymphatic tissue, liver, skin, and lung.

  • Deficient in one of the component of NADPH-oxidase complex, which generates superoxide.

  • Leads to inability to destroy bacteria per radical mechanism

Chronic granulomatous disease1Slide 78

Chronic Granulomatous Disease

  • 65% of cases are the X-linked form, lacks the subunit of cytochrom b 558(gp91-phox)

  • Female carrier has mixed and normal and abnormal cells thus shows an intermediate phenotype.

Leukocyte adhesion molecule deficiencySlide 80

Leukocyte Adhesion Molecule Deficiency

  • Autosomal recessive

  • Recurrent bacteria and fungal infections and pus formations as a result of a block of leukocyte migration

  • Faulty complexing of the CD11 and CD18 integrins

  • Death occurs in first 4 years of life unless bone marrow transplant is undertaken.

Chediak higashi syndromeSlide 81

Chediak-Higashi Syndrome

  • Progressively degenerative, fatal, familial disease of young children

  • Partial oculocutaneous albinism, cutaneous and intestinal infections early in childhood

  • Ocular albinism is accompanied by nystagmus and photophobia.

  • Defect in the gene LYST, resulting in defective vascular transport to and from the lysosome

Hyperimmunoglobulinemia e syndromeSlide 83

Hyperimmunoglobulinemia E Syndrome

  • Consists of atopic-like eczematous dermatitis, recurrent pyogenic infection, high lever of IgE, elevated IgD, IgE antistaph antibodies, and eosinophilia.

  • Face is consistently involved. Begin early in life (2 month to 2 years)

  • Lesions resemble prurigo

  • Keratoderma of the palms and soles

Job s syndromeSlide 84

Job’s syndrome

  • Subset of HIE.

  • Mainly affect girls with red hair, freckles, blue eyes, and hyperextensible joints. Cold abscesses occur.

Graft versus host diseaseSlide 87

Graft-Versus-Host Disease

  • Immunocompetent cells are intor duced as graft or blood transfusion to host who is unable to reject the graft cell.

  • Most commonly after bone marrow transplant.

  • Begins between 4-5th weeks after transplant.

  • Result in exfoliative erythroderma.

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 88

Early, chronic graft-versus-host reaction with widespread, almost confluent hyperpigmented lichenoid papules and toxic epidermal necrosis-like appearance on knee 

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 89

Late, chronic graft-versus -host reaction with hyperpigmented sclerotic plaques on the back

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 90

Acute graft-versus-host reaction with vivid palmar erythema 

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 91

Graft-versus-host reaction with early, chronic, diffuse, widespread lichenoid changes of lips

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 92

Acute erosions of the buccal mucosa in graft-versus-host reaction

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 93

Graft-versus-host reaction; acute basal cell hydropic degeneration with interepidermal necrotic keratinocytes 

Atopic dermatitis eczema and noninfectious immunodeficiency disordersSlide 94

Graft-versus-host reaction; early chronic hyperkeratosis and hypergranulosis, irregular acanthosis, cytoid body and basal cell hydropic degeneration reminiscent of lichen planus

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