Pachyonychia Congenita

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Pachyonychia Congenita

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Disorder Subdivisions

  • Pachyonychia Congenita Type 1 (PC-1)
  • Pachyonychia Congenita Type 2 (PC-2)

General Discussion

Pachyonychia congenita is a rare disorder inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. It can be divided into two main forms, PC type 1 and PC type 2. The predominant features common to both types are thick nails (hypertrophic nail dystrophy), thick skin on the palms and soles (focal palmoplantar keratoderma) and a white outer layer on the tongue and cheek (oral leukokeratosis). PC-2 is distinguished from PC-1 by the presence of widespread pilosebaceous (associated with hair and related glands) cysts, or cysts that normally develop during puberty; in PC-1 there may be a limited distribution of cysts. Teeth that are present at birth (natal teeth) are a specific feature of PC-2 but they are not always present (not fully penetrant). Pachyonychia congenita is caused by disruptions or changes (mutations) of one of several different genes.

Resources

National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias
410 East Main Street
Mascoutah, IL 62258-0114
Tel: (618)566-2020
Fax: (618)566-4718
Email: info@nfed.org
Internet: http://www.nfed.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Pachyonychia Congenita Project
2386 East Heritage Way, Suite B
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Tel: (877)628-7300
Fax: (877)628-7399
Tel: (877)628-7300
Email: pcproject@pachyonychia.org
Internet: http://www.pachyonychia.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/AboutGARD.aspx

Ectodermal Dysplasia Society
Unit 1 Maida Vale Business Centre
Leckhampton
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire, GL53 9ER
England
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 261332
Fax: +44 (0) 1242 261332
Email: diana@ectodermaldysplasia.org
Internet: http://www.ectodermaldysplasia.org

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Last Updated:  9/1/2009
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