D-Penicillamine Induced Degenerative Dermopathy in a Patient with Wilson Disease

  • Rui Pedro Santos Interno de Dermatovenereologia/Resident, Dermatovenereology, Serviço de Dermatologia, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  • Joana Gomes Especialista de Dermatovenereologia /Specialist of Dermatovenereology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  • Celeste Brito Especialista de Dermatovenereologia /Specialist of Dermatovenereology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
Keywords: Penicillamine/adverse effects, Hepatolenticular Degeneration, Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum, Skin Diseases/chemically induced


D-penicillamine induced degenerative dermatosis include, among others, elastosis perforans serpiginosa, and pseudo- -pseudoxanthoma elasticum. Elastosis perforans serpiginosa is a rare perforating disease characterized by transepidermal elimination of abnormal elastic fibers. This condition can be idiopathic, reactive or induced by D-penicillamine, commonly used for the treatment of Wilson disease, cystinuria, rheumatoid arthritis or systemic sclerosis. Cutaneous manifestations resembling pseudoxanthoma elasticum but lacking familiar history and ABCC6 mutations have been identified as a D-penicillamine induced dermopathy and called pseudo-pseudoxanthoma elasticum. The authors present a 17-year-old caucasian female treated for several years with D-penicillamine for Wilson disease who developed asymptomatic papules, some hyperkeratotic skin-colored and other soft and yellowish, on the cervical region and face. Histopathology showed transepidermal elimination of numerous, branched, sawtooth-like elastic fibers. These findings suggested a D-penicillamine induced dermopathy and the authors considered the diagnosis of both elastosis perforans serpiginosa and pseudo- -pseudoxanthoma elasticum in the same patient. The drug was switched to zinc acetate. No newer lesions appeared thereafter but previous lesions persisted at the 1 year follow-up.


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How to Cite
Santos, R. P., Gomes, J., & Brito, C. (2018). D-Penicillamine Induced Degenerative Dermopathy in a Patient with Wilson Disease. Journal of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology, 76(2), 189-192. https://doi.org/10.29021/spdv.76.2.826
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