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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 568-570

Anesthetic management in a patient with papillion lefevre syndrome

Department of Anesthesiology, LRS Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication1-Oct-2013

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.119150

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A 16-year-old male a known case of Papillion Lefevre syndrome (PLS) since childhood was referred for pre anesthetic examination for excision of hydatid cyst in right lung. He complained of cough with expectoration and low-grade fever off and on for last 6 months with surgical intervention for hydatid cyst of liver 3 years back.

He had flaking of skin of his palm and soles and recurrently swollen and friable gums since the age of 6-7 years. He also had premature shedding of deciduous teeth and loss of most of his permanent teeth. He was the first child born to apparently healthy non-consanguineous parents after an uneventful pregnancy and birth.

On general physical examination, symmetric, well-demarcated, yellowish, keratotic plaques on the skin of the palms and soles extending onto the dorsal surface with dystrophy and transverse grooving of the nails were seen in [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. Sweating and hair were normal. Swollen and friable gums with loss of most of his permanent teeth were found on oral examination [Figure 3]. Airway examination, systemic examination, biochemical and hematological investigations were normal. Chest X-ray and computed tomography scan revealed rounded opacity in right lung suggestive of hydatid cyst. Pulmonary function test and X-ray skull were normal. Patient was accepted under American Society of Anesthesiologists Grade I.
Figure 1: Keratotic plaques on the skin with dystrophy and transverse grooving of nails

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Figure 2: Keratotic plaques on the foot

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Figure 3: Loss of teeth

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Pre-operatively, dental abnormalities were documented in the PAC chart. After careful intravenous (IV) access, patient was pre-medicated with IV midazolam 1.5 mg and glycopyrolate 0.2 mg. The patient was then asked to identify the loose teeth and knots were taken with silk suture over the loose teeth, the ends of which were kept hanging outside the mouth.

18 G thoracic epidural catheter was placed at T 9 -T 10 with loss of saline technique and 3 ml of lignocaine with adrenaline 2% was given as test dose. Anesthesia was induced with injection fentanyl 1 g/kg, propofol 2 mg/kg and vecuronium bromide 0.1 mg/kg. After careful laryngoscopy, left double-lumen tube (DLT) 35 FG, was inserted gently and confirmed fiberoptically. 18 G central venous pressure catheter through right basilic vein and arterial cannulation through right radial artery was accomplished. Morphine 2.5 mg diluted in 6 ml of normal saline was given through epidural catheter. Patient was placed in left lateral position and DLT was rechecked fiberoptically. Anesthesia was maintained with O 2 , N 2 O, isoflurane and vecuronium. At the time of closure, 6 ml of 0.125% bupivacaine was given through epidural catheter. Patient made an unremarkable recovery. The silk sutures from the teeth were removed in the recovery room after the patient was fully awake. 2.5 mg of morphine was repeated through the epidural catheter and 1 g of injection Paracetamol was infused.

PLS is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of keratinization, characterized by palmoplantar hyperkeratosis, peridontopathy and precocious loss of dentition. [1] Two French physicians Papillion and Lefevre first described it. [1] It is a manifestation of homozygosity of autosomal recessive genes with consanguinity as a contributive factor.

PLS is a very uncommon diseases and thus, there is very little reported experience on perioperative management of these patients. However, the anesthetic considerations have been classified into two parts: Pre-operative and intraoperative.

Patients with PLS have severe peridontitis with premature loss of primary as well as permanent teeth. Severe resorption of alveolar bone gives the teeth a floating in air appearance on dental X-ray film. [2] More important is that patients may have loose teeth at an age when it is not expected. Thus, dental loss and dental abnormalities should be clearly documented pre-operatively.The cephalometric findings of maxillary retrognathia, decreased lower facial height, retroclined mandibular incisiors and upper lip retrusion may be a cause for difficult intubation. [3]

The palmoplantar keratoderma involves the entire surface of the palms and soles extending on to the dorsal surface of the hands and feet. [4] In case of extensive skin lesions, IV access may be limited. Furthermore, decreased white blood cell functions and increased susceptibility to bacterial infections may lead to recurrent pyogenic infection of the skin.

Loss of most of the permanent teeth may make mask ventilation difficult. With swollen and friable gums and multiple loose teeth one has to be careful with laryngoscopy and intubation to avoid damage to pre-existing teeth. [5]

Generally, it is advisable for patients to get very loose teeth extracted prior to general anesthesia. However, in the present case, multiple loose teeth were present. Also, the outer diameter of 35 FG DLT when compared with the corresponding single lumen tube (7-7.5 mm ID) appropriate for intubation in this patient is 1.5-2 mm more. Therefore, it was planned to secure the multiple loose teeth with silk sutures to aid in double lumen intubation, for easy retrieval of the teeth in case of dislodgement and to prevent further migration either into the airway or esophagus.

Asymptomatic ectopic calcification in the choroid plexus and tentorium [2] and pyogenic liver abscess are other known complications of PLS. [1]

To the best of our knowledge, securing the loose teeth with silk sutures is an innovative management in a patient of PLS being reported in the anesthesia literature.

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1.Almuneef M, Al Khenaizan S, Al Ajaji S, Al-Anazi A. Pyogenic liver abscess and Papillon-Lefèvre syndrome: Not a rare association. Pediatrics 2003;111:e85-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Mahajan VK, Thakur NS, Sharma NL. Papillon-Lefèvre syndrome. Indian Pediatr 2003;40:1197-200.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Bindayel NA, Ullbro C, Suri L, AL-Farra E. Cephalometric findings in patients with Papillion Lefevre Syndrome. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2008;134:138-44.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Janjua SA, Khachemoune A. Papillon-Lefèvre syndrome: Case report and review of the literature. Dermatol Online J 2004;10:13.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Baum VC, Jennifer E, O' Flaherty LW. Anaesthesia for genetic, metabolic and dysmorphic syndromes of childhood. 2 nd ed: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, London. 2006. p. 291-2.  Back to cited text no. 5


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