PAPA syndrome is an acronym for pyogenic arthritis, pyoderma gangrenosum and acne. It is a rare genetic disease inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. Recently, the responsible gene, PSTPIP1, has been identified on chrom. 15q24-q25.1. Two mutations have been found in a protein called CD2 binding protein 1 (CD2BP1). This protein is part of an inflammatory pathway.

  • Specific challenges associated with the recognition of the condition

Clinical features along with the familial tendency may suffice to make a diagnosis.

  • Specific challenges associated with the diagnosis

No genetic test widely available yet.

  • Specific challenges associated with the treatment

No drug registered. No clinical studies performed.

  • Specific challenges associated with care of these patients over their lifespan – Quality of life issues – Gaps accross the care

Skin scarring due to severe acne and pyoderma gangraenosum is prominent. With repeated episodes of arthritis, the joints become damaged with multiple joint replacements required

Incidence : unknown

Prevalence : unknown

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