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Bazex-Dupré-Christol syndrome (BDCS)

Written2012-10Jean-Loup Huret
Genetics, Dept Medical Information, University of Poitiers, CHU Poitiers Hospital, F-86021 Poitiers, France

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Other namesBazex syndrome
Follicular atrophoderma and basal cell carcinomas
Atlas_Id 10096
Note Bazex-Dupré-Christol syndrome (Bazex et al., 1964; Bazex et al., 1966) should not be confused with acrokeratosis paraneoplastica/Bazex syndrome, a paraneoplastic syndrome characterized by psoriasisform cutaneous lesions with acral distribution (fingers, toes, nose and ear), most often associated with a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper aerodigestive tract.
Inheritance Bazex-Dupré-Christol syndrome is an X-linked dominant genodermatosis, with a prevalence below 1/1 000 000. The female to male ratio reaches the expected 2:1, and females appear to be less affected than males. There is intrafamilial and interfamilial phenotypic variability (Lacombe and Taïeb, 1995; Kidd et al., 1996). Most cases are European patients. Oley syndrome (Oley et al., 1992) may be a variant of Bazex-Dupré-Christol syndrome (Vabres and de Prost, 1993; Kidd et al., 1996). It has been suggested that Bazex-Dupré-Christol syndrome is a disorder of the hair follicle; it can be considered an ectodermal dysplasia, an heterogeneous group of inherited disorders resulting from abnormal organogenesis of the skin and its appendages (Castori et al., 2009).


Phenotype and clinics The phenotype, reviewed by Kidd et al., 1996 on about 120 cases, associates:
- Follicular atrophoderma (ice pick depressions of the skin) of the dorsa of hands and feet, extensor areas of the elbows and knees, and face, presenting at birth or developing early in life. They are discrete areas of dilated hair follicules. It is found in 100% of the cases.
- Congenital hypotrichosis, found in 90% of the cases, with hair shaft abnormalities such as pili torti and trichorrhexis nodosa with spontaneous breakage, jagged or absent cuticular scales.
- Hypohidrosis, either generalized or confined to the face, found in 60% of the cases.
- Multiple milia, predominating on the face, reported at birth in some cases, and developing during childhood in other cases; found in 90% of the cases.
- 'Pinched' nose with hypoplastic alae and prominent columella (Kidd et al., 1996).
- And early onset of basal cell carcinomas, mainly confined to the face.
- Trichoepitheliomas can also be found (Castori et al., 2009). Trichoepitheliomas derive from the trichoblast (i.e. the folliculo-sebaceous-apocrine germ). They are small skin-colored papules or nodules, with nests of basaloid cells forming cysts containing horn cells (with keratin) (Lee et al., 2005).
- Sweet glands have been reported to be absent in 9 cases in a study of 11 patients (Kidd et al., 1996). Comedones and hidradenitis suppurativa, flexural hyperpigmentation can also be found (Castori et al., 2009; Castori et al., 2012).
Differential diagnosis The main differential diagnoses are :
- Generalized basaloid follicular hamartoma, an autosomal-dominantly inherited disorder associating disseminated milia, palmoplantar pits, hypotrichosis and basaloid follicular hamartomas (Wheeler et al., 2000);
- Schöpf-Schulz-Passarge syndrome, an autosomal recessive disease in most cases (with a genetic heterogeneity with a possible dominant variant), characterized by multiple eyelid apocrine hidrocystomas, palmo-plantar keratoderma, hypodontia, hypotrichosis and nail dystrophy (Castori et al., 2008).
Neoplastic risk Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) develop in the second or third decade of life in patients with Bazex-Dupré-Christol syndrome (BDCS ), mostly in the sun-exposed areas of the head and neck. Age at onset varies from 3 years (Abuzahra et al., 2012) to 50 years. 3 out of 4 BDCS patients will experience BCCs. Predisposing inherited diseases with an increased risk of BCCs are the following: Bazex-Dupré-Christol, Gorlin, Rombo syndromes, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, Bloom, Werner, Rothmund-Thomson and Muir-Torre syndromes, Brooke-Spiegler, Schöpf-Schulz-Passarge and Cowden syndromes, cartilage-hair hypoplasia and epidermodysplasia verruciformis, oculocutaneous albinism and Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, and some epidermal nevus syndromes (review in Parren and Frank, 2011; Castori et al., 2012).

Genes involved and Proteins

Note The gene involved in BDCS is still unknown. It has been mapped to Xq25-27.1 (Vabres et al., 1995; Parren et al., 2011).


Multiple familial and pigmented basal cell carcinomas in early childhood - Bazex-Dupre-Christol syndrome.
Abuzahra F, Parren LJ, Frank J.
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2012 Jan;26(1):117-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2011.04048.x. Epub 2011 Mar 24.
PMID 21435027
[Follicular atrophoderma, baso-cellular proliferations and hypotrichosis].
Bazex A, Dupre A, Christol B.
Ann Dermatol Syphiligr (Paris). 1966 May-Jun;93(3):241-54.
PMID 5963641
Bazex-Dupre-Christol syndrome: an ectodermal dysplasia with skin appendage neoplasms.
Castori M, Castiglia D, Passarelli F, Paradisi M.
Eur J Med Genet. 2009 Jul-Aug;52(4):250-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2008.12.003. Epub 2008 Dec 25.
PMID 19138767
Genetic skin diseases predisposing to basal cell carcinoma.
Castori M, Morrone A, Kanitakis J, Grammatico P.
Eur J Dermatol. 2012 May-Jun;22(3):299-309. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2011.1633. (REVIEW)
PMID 22391625
Schopf-Schulz-Passarge syndrome: further delineation of the phenotype and genetic considerations.
Castori M, Ruggieri S, Giannetti L, Annessi G, Zambruno G.
Acta Derm Venereol. 2008;88(6):607-12. doi: 10.2340/00015555-0547. (REVIEW)
PMID 19002348
A Scottish family with Bazex-Dupre-Christol syndrome: follicular atrophoderma, congenital hypotrichosis, and basal cell carcinoma.
Kidd A, Carson L, Gregory DW, de Silva D, Holmes J, Dean JC, Haites N.
J Med Genet. 1996 Jun;33(6):493-7.
PMID 8782050
Overlap between the Bazex syndrome and congenital hypotrichosis and milia.
Lacombe D, Taieb A.
Am J Med Genet. 1995 May 8;56(4):423-4.
PMID 7677860
Genetics of skin appendage neoplasms and related syndromes.
Lee DA, Grossman ME, Schneiderman P, Celebi JT.
J Med Genet. 2005 Nov;42(11):811-9. (REVIEW)
PMID 16272260
Basal cell carcinomas, coarse sparse hair, and milia.
Oley CA, Sharpe H, Chenevix-Trench G.
Am J Med Genet. 1992 Jul 15;43(5):799-804.
PMID 1642265
Linkage refinement of Bazex-Dupre-Christol syndrome to an 11.4-Mb interval on chromosome Xq25-27.1.
Parren LJ, Abuzahra F, Wagenvoort T, Koene F, Van Steensel MA, Steijlen PM, Van Geel M, Frank J.
Br J Dermatol. 2011 Jul;165(1):201-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2011.10219.x.
PMID 21219295
Hereditary tumour syndromes featuring basal cell carcinomas.
Parren LJ, Frank J.
Br J Dermatol. 2011 Jul;165(1):30-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2011.10334.x. Epub 2011 Jun 3. (REVIEW)
PMID 21428980
The gene for Bazex-Dupre-Christol syndrome maps to chromosome Xq.
Vabres P, Lacombe D, Rabinowitz LG, Aubert G, Anderson CE, Taieb A, Bonafe JL, Hors-Cayla MC.
J Invest Dermatol. 1995 Jul;105(1):87-91.
PMID 7615983
Bazex-Dupre-Christol syndrome: a possible diagnosis for basal cell carcinomas, coarse sparse hair, and milia.
Vabres P, de Prost Y.
Am J Med Genet. 1993 Mar 15;45(6):786.
PMID 8456866
Autosomal dominantly inherited generalized basaloid follicular hamartoma syndrome: report of a new disease in a North Carolina family.
Wheeler CE Jr, Carroll MA, Groben PA, Briggaman RA, Prose NS, Davis DA.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2000 Aug;43(2 Pt 1):189-206. (REVIEW)
PMID 10906638


This paper should be referenced as such :
Huret, JL
Bazex-Dupré syndrome (BDCS)
Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2013;17(3):229-230.
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