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July 1982

Niemann-Pick Disease: Report of a Case With Skin Involvement

Author Affiliations

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(7):650-651. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970430082029

Niemann-Pick disease is a type of congenital lipidosis bearing a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms. We report the case of a 10-month-old female infant with Niemann-Pick disease who was found to have a unique skin lesion, involving both cheeks. Histological examination showed a large number of foamy histiocytes in the dermis resembling Niemann-Pick cells; electron microscopy showed these cells to contain a large number of whorled cytoplasmic structures, typically seen in this disease. We believe this is the first time that unequivocal involvement of the skin by Niemann-Pick disease has been demonstrated.

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