|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 256-260
Fungal infection of gingiva in a patient with hyperimmunoglobulin-E (Job's) syndrome
D Deepa1, KV Arun Kumar2, Chander Shekhar Joshi1, Sanjeev Kumar2, Anita Pandey3
1 Department of Periodontics, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Meerut Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Meerut Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Meerut Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Submission||30-Sep-2010|
|Date of Acceptance||26-Dec-2011|
|Date of Web Publication||1-Aug-2012|
Department of Periodontics, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Meerut - 250 002, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome (HIES), also known as Job's syndrome, is a rare primary immunodeficiency characterized by eczema, recurrent skin and lung infections, elevated serum IgE, and connective tissue and skeletal abnormalities. Individuals with HIES share a characteristic facial appearance and many oral manifestations including retained primary dentition, a high-arched palate, variations of the oral mucosa and gingiva, and recurrent oral candidiasis. An 18-year-old lady presented with gingival swelling, bleeding from the gums, recurrent skin infections, and recurrent respiratory infections with intermittent fever. After thorough extra oral, intra oral and radiographic examination, serological investigations were performed. Growth of candida hyphae in the biopsy specimen of gingiva and increased levels of serum IgE with typical extra oral findings established the diagnosis as Job's syndrome (hyper IgE syndrome). Treatment with anti-fungal antibiotics and phase-I therapy including scaling and root planing followed by gingivoplasty using diode laser (980 nm) was performed. HIES was previously defined on the basis of clinical manifestations and laboratory markers that were not specific to the disease. With the identification of STAT3 mutations as the cause of HIES, we can definitively characterize the disease at molecular and immunologic levels. This case emphasizes the role of the dentist in the diagnosis of rare syndromes which alters the treatment plan.
Keywords: Candidiasis, fungal infection, hyper IgE disorder, hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome, immunodeficiency, Job′s syndrome
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Deepa D, Arun Kumar K V, Joshi CS, Kumar S, Pandey A. Fungal infection of gingiva in a patient with hyperimmunoglobulin-E (Job's) syndrome. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2012;16:256-60
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Deepa D, Arun Kumar K V, Joshi CS, Kumar S, Pandey A. Fungal infection of gingiva in a patient with hyperimmunoglobulin-E (Job's) syndrome. J Indian Soc Periodontol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 May 31];16:256-60. Available from: http://www.jisponline.com/text.asp?2012/16/2/256/99272
| Introduction|| |
Hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome (HIES), also known as Job's syndrome or Buckley's syndrome, is a primary immunological disorder that affects the immune system, connective tissues, skeleton, and the dentition. Job's syndrome was the name given to describe the patients based on the book of Job 2:7, "so went satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with some boils from the sole of his feet unto his crown." The condition of recurring skin abscess was first described by Davis in 1966.  This rare immunodeficiency familial disorder was subsequently delineated by Buckley to elevated levels of IgE, which resulted in the additional identification of the condition as Buckley's syndrome.  Since then, HIES has been increasingly recognized as a multisystem immune system deficiency characterized not only by the classic triad of high serum IgE levels, eczema, skin and lung infections, but also by retained primary dentition, variations of oral mucosa and gingiva, osteopenia, minimal trauma fractures, scoliosis, a characteristic facial appearance, central nervous system abnormalities, and arterial aneurysms (Freeman AF 2009). 
The exact incidence of the disease is not known due to its rarity, and therefore few reports are available in literature. However, both autosomal recessive and dominant HIES affect males and females equally. Patients with autosomal dominant HIES range in age from birth to 60 years and not all patients have the same range of infection, facial features, and skeletal anomalies. It has been reported that individuals with autosomal dominant form of HIES have skeletal and dental abnormalities, as opposed to the recessive form.  Recently, missense or in-frame deletions resulting in one amino acid change or loss in STAT3 have been identified as the etiology for the majority of the cases of the autosomal dominant form of this disease.  However, pathogenesis of many manifestations remains poorly understood. The HIES diagnosis is still based on the patient's clinical and laboratory features, as no specific diagnostic test is available.
There is a paucity of literature describing oral findings in HIES patients. A few reports have described oral ulcerations, gingivitis, and prolonged oral and cervicofacial infections in these patients. ,,
Fungal infection of gingiva in HIES patients, however, is rarely reported. We present an 18-year-old girl with autosomal dominant HIES with Candida albicans infection of the gingiva, along with other oro-facial findings typical of the disease.
| Case Report|| |
An 18-year-old female patient reported to the Department of Periodontics, Subharti Dental College, Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), India, with a chief complaint of swelling and bleeding from gums while brushing since 3 years. None of her siblings or immediate family suffered from periodontal disease. She was undernourished and of below average height and weight. Her medical history revealed the occurrence of multiple episodes of respiratory infection, intermittent fever, and repeated skin infections for which she had been investigated earlier. Her previous laboratory reports were unremarkable except significantly increased IgE levels (839 IU/mL).
On examination, the patient had dry, crusted lips, a broad nasal bridge and prominent chin [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. Intraorally, there was significant gingival enlargement in maxillary anterior region. Although nodular and fibrous in consistency; there was bleeding on probing of the gingiva. However, no ulcerations were seen to be present. She also had dental abnormalities like congenitally missing mandibular permanent lateral incisors, with retained mandibular primary central incisors [Figure 3]a and b.
|Figure 3: (a, b) Clinical presentation of spacing in lower anteriors and nodular gingival enlargement in maxillary anterior region|
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Orthopantomogram (OPG) confirmed congenitally missing mandibular permanent lateral incisors [Figure 4]. On chest X-ray, haziness on the right side indicative of pulmonary pneumonia was seen [Figure 5].
|Figure 4: Orthopantomograph showing congenitally missing mandibular lateral incisors|
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Microbiologic analysis performed on the representative gingival lesions showed the growth of Candida albicans hyphae suggestive of an immunodeficient state [Figure 6]. The patient was thus further investigated for the cause of immunodeficiency.
Sputum and Mantoux test were negative for mycobacterium. Serological tests for HIV and HBsAg were negative. Immunofluorescent test showed increased levels of serum IgE (839 IU/mL).
Thus, based on the medical history, clinical examination, and the laboratory features, the diagnosis was confirmed as HIES with C. albicans infection of the gingiva.
Patient was put on ketaconazole 100 mg twice a day for 4 weeks followed by ketaconazole 100 mg once a day for the next 2 months [Figure 7]. Respiratory infections were treated with the administration of antibiotics. Nutritional supplements were prescribed to improve the general health of the patient.
Scaling and root planing were performed. Gingival recontouring in the maxillary anterior region was performed by using diode laser 980 nm [Figure 8] and [Figure 9]. Healing was uneventful, and the patient was advised to use chlorhexidine mouth rinses with regular oral hygiene maintenance.
|Figure 8: Gingivoplasty done after 1 year to recontour the gingiva by diode laser 980 nm|
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Gingival health was satisfactory in the subsequent follow-up visits [Figure 10]. The patient was satisfied and more comfortable with the overall general health too.
| Discussion|| |
This illustrated case demonstrates both clinical and laboratory features consistent with HIES. Autosomal dominant hyper IgE (HIES or Job's) syndrome is a rare primary immune deficiency characterized by eczema, recurrent skin and lung infections, extremely elevated serum IgE, and a variety of connective tissue and skeletal abnormalities. Individuals with HIES share a characteristic facial appearance (coarse facies with prominent nose, broad nasal bridge, dryness of the face with prominent pores) and many oral manifestations including retained primary dentition, a high-arched palate, variations of oral mucosa and gingiva, and recurrent oral candidiasis since 3 years.
Oral and gingival manifestations of our case included nodular gingival enlargement in maxillary anterior teeth region, retained primary teeth (lower central incisors), and congenitally missing lower incisors with confirmation of the growth of candida hyphae by microbiological examination of the excised biopsy specimen. Aldous et al. (2007) have reported that dental abnormalities are variable and include retention of primary teeth which sometimes results in double rows of teeth upon the eruption of the permanent teeth, and high-arched palates.  Charon (1985) reported a higher incidence of gingivitis, thrush, and plaque in a group of patients with Job's syndrome.  Remmer et al. (2004) reported that individuals with the autosomal dominant form of HIES have skeletal and dental abnormalities, whereas those with the recessive form do not have these.  O'Connell (2000) reported that 44% of individuals with the syndrome presented with elevated palates,  while Grimbacher (1999) reported the palates to be higher in 71% of the individuals in one article and in 65% of the patients in another article. 
The majority of HIES individuals (64%) exhibit failure of primary teeth exfoliation, often preventing the eruption of succedaneous teeth. , This prolonged retention of primary teeth can lead to permanent teeth impaction or formation of double rows, in which succedaneous teeth erupt lingual to the deciduous teeth and predispose to malocclusion. Lesions of the oral mucosa and gingiva, involving the hard palate, dorsal tongue, buccal mucosa, and lip mucosa, have been identified in over 75% of the patients.  The oral lesions in HIES may represent developmental abnormalities, reactive lesions arising from chronic infections associated with the syndrome, or manifestations of the role of the HIES gene, STAT3, in epithelial development. Oral candidiasis (pseudomembranous, erythematous, median rhomboid glossitis and angular cheilitis) is also common. 
Earlier the diagnosis was solely based on the clinical and laboratory features. Since the finding of STAT3 mutations, the diagnosis may be based on a high level of clinical suspicion and confirmed through STAT3 mutational analysis. , Although STAT3 is the only gene so far identified to cause autosomal dominant HIES, it remains possible that more than one genetic etiology exists.  The mutations in STAT3 have been described predominantly in two regions of the gene: the DNA binding domain, which mediates DNA-protein interactions, and the SH2 domain, which mediates protein-protein interactions. 
Mutations in STAT3 account for the majority of the cases of autosomal dominant HIES, but the pathogenesis of many varied features remains poorly understood. There have been multiple reports with small numbers of patient and conflicting data as to whether a chemotactic defect is present and whether there is a T helper Th1/Th2 cytokine imbalance.  Recent data suggest that pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interferon-γ are elevated at rest and after stimulation, consistent with mouse models of STAT3 immune regulation.  Naïve T cells have been shown to be unable to differentiate into IL-17 producing T helper cells (Th 17 cells), thus resulting in no IL-17 production.  Th 17 cells and IL-17 appear to be critical in control of both extracellular bacterial and fungal infections; their absence may help explain some of the infections in HIES.
STAT3-deficient HIES must be distinguished from the distinct syndrome of autosomal recessive HIES,  which is characterized by extremely elevated serum IgE and severe eczema, often complicated by bacterial and viral super infections (herpes simplex virus, molluscum contagiosum). Autosomal recessive HIES does not share the musculoskeletal and dental manifestations of the autosomal dominant disease and has a high incidence of neurologic complications from either infection or vasculitis.
| Conclusion|| |
An awareness of the diverse features of the hyper IgE syndrome will facilitate the recognition and early diagnosis, make genetic counseling possible, and improve patient care. Patients benefit from aggressive antibiotic treatment to minimize infectious complications. Future study of HIES and STAT3 will help us understand eczema, IgE regulation, infection susceptibility, scoliosis, and bronchiectasis, as well as provide mechanistic insights into treatment.
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