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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-52

Cheilitis granulomatosa (Miescher granulomatous macrocheilitis) with Down syndrome: A rare alliance

Department of Dermatology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India

Date of Web Publication4-Jan-2016

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Nidhi Kamra
Department of Dermatology, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Saadiq Road, Faridkot, Punjab
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DOI: 10.4103/2319-7250.172458

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Melkersson–Rosenthal syndrome comprises of the triad of orofacial swelling, facial paralysis, and fissured tongue. It may present in monosymptomatic form as Meischer granulomatous cheilitis. Herein we report an unusual association of Meischer's cheilitis with Down syndrome.

Keywords: Down syndrome, granulomatous cheilitis, meischer granulomatous macrocheilitis

How to cite this article:
Brar BK, Mahajan B B, Kamra N. Cheilitis granulomatosa (Miescher granulomatous macrocheilitis) with Down syndrome: A rare alliance. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2016;17:50-2

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Brar BK, Mahajan B B, Kamra N. Cheilitis granulomatosa (Miescher granulomatous macrocheilitis) with Down syndrome: A rare alliance. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Aug 6];17:50-2. Available from: http://www.ijpd.in/text.asp?2016/17/1/50/172458

  Introduction Top

Orofacial granulomatosis is a term generally used to describe swelling of the orofacial area, secondary to an underlying granulomatous inflammatory process. Melkersson–Rosenthal syndrome (MRS) (a triad of orofacial swelling, facial paralysis, and a fissured tongue) presents more commonly in a monosymptomatic form as Miescher granulomatous macrocheilitis.[1] Hereby, we report a case of Miescher granulomatous macrocheilitis with Down syndrome because of its rare association.

  Case Report Top

A 13-year-old female with typical Mongolian facies, history of delayed milestones, and low intelligence quotients was brought to our outpatient department with the chief complaint of gross swelling and deformity of both the upper and lower lip. Initially, the swelling was episodic and recurrent since 2 years. However, for the last 3 months, the swelling had tended to be persistent. There was no significant history of any cutaneous lesions, respiratory or gastrointestinal complaints. On examination, our patient showed enlargement and protuberance of both upper and lower lip with fissuring at places and slight perioral inflammation. The lips were firm, indurated and rubbery in consistency. No regional lymphadenopathy was present [Figure 1]. Buccal mucosa was hypertrophied. There was no evidence of any facial nerve or other cranial nerve paralysis in our patient. Her cutaneous examination revealed upslanting palpebral fissures, short and broad neck, and upward slant of forehead [Figure 1]. We made a probable diagnosis of Meischer granulomatous cheilitis with Down syndrome in our patient. Her routine investigations were within normal limits. Chest roentgenogram did not show any abnormality. Mantoux test was negative in our patient. A 4 mm punch biopsy obtained from the lower lip was consistent with our diagnosis [Figure 2].
Figure 1: (a) Typical Mongolian facies with upslanting palpebral fissures with enlargement and fissuring of both upper and lower lips with slight perioral inflammation, (b) hypertrophic buccal mucosa

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Figure 2: Presence of upper and deep submucosal peri-vascular, as well as interstitial inflammatory infiltrate of lymphocytes, plasma cells, histiocytes, and occasional giant cells forming few epithelioid cell granulomas. Dilated lymphatic channels are also present

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  Discussion Top

Melkersson syndrome was described in 1928 as peripheral facial palsy and swelling of the lips.[2] Rosenthal, in 1930, included the presence of a fissured tongue, completing the triad which defines the syndrome.[3] The classic triad is uncommon and is present in 25–40% cases. The presence of two/one of the manifestations, with granulomatous cheilitis in the biopsy, is sufficient to make the diagnosis of oligosymptomatic or monosymptomatic form of MRS.[4] In largest case series of MRS reported from India granulomatous cheilitis was consistent finding in all the six patients, while associated facial palsy, facial edema, and scrotal tongue was present in three, four, and one patient, respectively.[5]

Clinical characteristics of MRS are described in [Table 1]. The differentials of macrocheilia are given in [Table 2].
Table 1: Clinical characteristics of MRS

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Table 2: Differential diagnosis of macrocheilia

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Patients with Down syndrome are burdened with an extra chromosome 21. The list of important mucocutaneous manifestations in Down syndrome is given in [Table 3].
Table 3: Mucocutaneous manifestations in down syndrome

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Two types of histology have been described for cheilitis granulomatosa: (1) The sarcoid type with noncaseating granuloma, and (2) The lymphedematous type showing lymphatic distension, lymphedema, and plasma cell infiltration [6] our patient showed the noncaseating granulomas as well as lymphatic distension.

Thus to summarize we have reported a case of Miescher granulomatous macrocheilitis in Down syndrome with only handful of cases reported in the literature and underlying pathogenesis still unknown. Meischer granulomatous cheilitis may thus be added to the wardrobe of various mucocutaneous manifestations associated with Down syndrome.

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  References Top

Zimmer WM, Rogers RS 3rd, Reeve CM, Sheridan PJ. Orofacial manifestations of Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome. A study of 42 patients and review of 220 cases from the literature. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1992;74:610-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Melkersson E. Ett fall av recidiverande facialispares i samband med ett angioneurotiskt ödem. Hygiea (Stockholm) 1928;90:737-41.  Back to cited text no. 2
Rosenthal C. Klinisch-erbbiologischer Beitrag zur Konstitutionspathologie. Gemeinsames Auftreten von Facialislähmung, angioneurotischem Gesichtsödem und Lingua plicata in Arthritismus-Familien. Z Gesamte Neurol Psychiatr 1931;131:475-501.  Back to cited text no. 3
Ziem PE, Pfrommer C, Goerdt S, Orfanos CE, Blume-Peytavi U. Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome in childhood: A challenge in differential diagnosis and treatment. Br J Dermatol 2000;143:860-3.  Back to cited text no. 4
Dhar S, Kanwar AJ. Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome in India: Experience with six cases. J Dermatol 1995;22:129-33.  Back to cited text no. 5
Park HS, Park ES, Park KC, Cho KH, Youn SW. Chronic idiopathic macrocheilia associated with simple lip enlargement and salivary gland hyperplasia. J Dermatol 2008;35:234-7.  Back to cited text no. 6


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  [Table 1], [Table 2], [Table 3]


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