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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 266-267

Bart syndrome

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R R Mittal

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Mittal R R, Singh S P, Gill S S, Dimple. Bart syndrome. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1996;62:266-7

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Mittal R R, Singh S P, Gill S S, Dimple. Bart syndrome. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 1996 [cited 2019 Aug 25];62:266-7. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?1996/62/4/266/4416

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Bart syndrome with autosomal dominant inheritance represents a distinct disease where in addition to cutaneous bullae, congenital localized absence of skin (CLAS), mucosal ulcers, deformities or absence of nails and deformed teeth are present.[1],[2] Bart syndrome has been reported from India.[3]

Three out of 6 siblings from a Bihari muslim family suffered from Bart syndrome. Siblings number 2, 4 and 6 had disease and it confirmed the autosomal dominant inheritance pattern.

Case no.1 was a 6-year-old male who had a large, wide linear ulcer on right shin, foot, thigh and second ulcer near left knee. Ulcers healed after 3 to 4 months with residual hyperpigmentation and superficial scarring. Bullae on skin and mucosae of mouth developed since 2 months of age. Skin over sides of scalp, clavicular fossae, axillae, groins and iliac fossae, showed bilateral symmetrical, pigmented, wrinkled skin interspersed with irregular hypopigmented macules and bullae appeared intermittently in these areas. In addition bullae of nail folds, pulps of fingers and toes were seen. Initially bullae had clear fluid which later turned haemorrhagic. Bullae increased in size for 2-3 days, ruptured leading to superficial ulcers which healed rapidly in 4-5 days without any scars. Bulla spread and Nikolsky's signs were negative. All nails of hands and feet were deformed and partially dystrophied. Bullae on tongue, lips and buccal mucosae were observed which ruptured quickly leaving behind thick whitish surface. Teeth were normal upto 3 years of age and later premature partial or total shedding of teeth was seen. Although milestones were delayed yet child had average intelligence and built. Child was product of normal vaginal delivery in a nonconsanguineous marriage. General physical and systemic examinations were normal. Routine investigations were normal except anaemia. Histopathologically big split in relation to dermoepidermal junction with band like dense collection of mononuclears admixed with eosinophils, plasma cells and occasional PMNL beneath it were seen [Figure - 1]. PAS stain revealed PAS positive basement membrane at the floor of bullous cavity. Case no.2 was a female with similar scar and pigmentation on right knee, shin and foot from healing of ulcers of CLAS. She had similar mucosal lesions and bullae to case 1. Pigmentation interspered with irregular hypopigmented macules was less prominent. Nail deformity was mild and teeth were normal.

Third patient who was 10 years old was not seen by us. Distribution of bullae in our cases was distinct and can help in diagnosis of Bart syndrome. Degeneration of basal cells was not seen and therefore bullae of Bart syndrome were different from epidermolysis bullosa (EB) simplex. CLAS and EB are rare congenital skin diseases with unknown aetiology and their simultaneous presence suggests that they may be related.

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1.Bart BJ, Gorlin RJ, Anderson EV, et al. Congenital localized absence of skin and associated abnormalities resembling epidermolysis bullosa. A new syndrome. Arch Dermatol 1966;93:296-304.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Bart BJ. Epidermolysis bullosa and congenital localized absence of skin. Arch Dermatol 1970;101:78-81.  Back to cited text no. 2  [PUBMED]  
3.Gaikwad AK, Shende R, Khedkar MY. Bart syndrome. Ind J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1993;59:151-3.  Back to cited text no. 3    


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