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Uncombable hair syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Cheveux incoiffables
  • Pili trianguli et Canaliculi
  • Spun glass hair
  • Unmanageable hair syndrome
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Uncombable hair syndrome is a rare condition affecting the hair shaft of the scalp. The condition is characterized by dry, frizzy, blond- to light brown-colored hair that is impossible to comb and that stands out from the scalp.[1][2] Both inherited and sporadic forms have been described in the medical literature. The condition is usually isolated; however, it has been associated with other syndromes in some cases.[2]  Spontaneous improvement of symptoms often occurs in late childhood.[1]
Last updated: 10/16/2008


  1. Trueb R. Orphanet Encyclopedia. September 2003; Accessed 10/9/2008.
  2. Rieubland C, de Viragh PA, Addor MC. Uncombable hair syndrome: a clinical report. Eur J Med Genet. 2007 Jul-Aug;
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