Pachydermodactyly--just a sign of emotional distress

Beltraminelli, Helmut; Itin, Peter (2009). Pachydermodactyly--just a sign of emotional distress. European journal of dermatology EJD, 19(1), pp. 5-13. Montrouge: John Libbey Eurotext 10.1684/ejd.2008.0543

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Pachydermodactyly (PDD) is a benign, asymptomatic soft tissue swelling affecting the skin of the lateral aspects of the proximal interphalangeal joints of the fingers II-IV, mostly in young adolescent males, and could be interpreted as a consequence of tic-like behaviour as an obsessive-compulsive disorder in male adolescents. The differential diagnosis includes numerous diseases; a rapid clinical recognition of PDD would avoid many useless and expensive diagnostic tests. There is no effective medical treatment for PDD, but discontinuation of the tic-like mechanical traumatisation generally leads to a marked amelioration of the finger swelling. In this article we review the world literature, which contains 87 additional cases on this topic.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Dermatology

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04 Oct 2013 15:12

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