Nail Patella Syndrome is also commonly known as or Fong Syndrome. This problem is actually a genetic disorder which is very very rare. It generally affects the fingernails and other body joints like knees, and elbows. It may affect the kidneys and the nervous system also.
Mostly symptoms of NPS are seen in pelvis, elbows, nails, bones, knees and soft tissue. But the highest are witnessed in Fingernails only. One may experience common or less common symptoms like discoloration, thin nails, absent fingernails, elbows dislocation, disfigured small toenail, back pain and the few others.
NPS is a very rare disorder which is caused due to genetics. If your parents or family members had NPS then you may also be having it now. If you are having it, then there are 50% chances that your any children will be affected with it. In some cases, this problem was also seen in people whose family didn’t have any sort of NPS.
The diagnosis of NPS can be done in almost any stage of life. It can be diagnosed right when the baby is present in the womb with the help of ultrasonography, and ultrasound. In infants, if there are missing kneecaps then doctor can accordingly diagnose the condition.
For other normal people, the diagnosis can be done by performing analysis of the family history, some laboratory tests and clinical evaluation. Some of tests that you can expect the doctors to perform include X – rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT).
As of today, there is no specific treatment for NPS. The doctors try to focus on the managing symptoms. For eg – If you are suffering from pain in the knee then you can manage it by physical therapy, braces, splints or medications.
Doctors also monitor people suffering from NPS for kidney problems. They may advise the patient to pass yearly urine tests to check the status of the kidneys. If anything occurs, then normal medications or dialysis can help solve the issue.
In short, one needs to be examined carefully and checked so the correct symptoms and complications can be cured.
We advise you to visit a good specialist who can find out your correct symptoms and accordingly treat you for that. It’s very sad to hear that there is no permanent cure for NPS but we hope that in future we would have one.
Dr. Soumya Podduturi is an Aesthetic Dermatologist, Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon, Trichologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Cosmetologist with 8 Years Experience