The Laugier-Hunziker Syndrome--A Clinical Review of Six Cases

Clin Exp Dermatol. 1990 Mar;15(2):111-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.1990.tb02044.x.


The Laugier-Hunziker syndrome is an acquired, benign, macular hyperpigmentation of the lips and buccal mucosa. The nails are often involved with the development of melanonychia. Twenty-two previous cases have been recorded in the literature. We present details of six Caucasian patients with the Laugier-Hunziker syndrome who are the first recorded from Britain. They all had acquired, macular hyperpigmentation of the lips and buccal mucosa. In five of these patients longitudinal pigmented bands were found on the nails. None had other family members affected. Although this is the first report of British patients with this syndrome, we believe that the condition is probably more common than is generally recognized.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lip / ultrastructure
  • Lip Diseases / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth Mucosa / pathology*
  • Nail Diseases / pathology*
  • Nails / pathology
  • Pigmentation Disorders / pathology*
  • Syndrome