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Other Names for this Disease
- Darier White Disease
- Darier's disease
- Keratosis follicularis
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Darier disease is an inherited skin condition characterized by wart-like blemishes on the body usually located on the scalp, forehead, upper arms, chest, back, knees, elbows, and behind the ear. Other features of Darier disease include nail abnormalities, such as red and white streaks in the nails with an irregular texture, and small pits in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The severity of the disease varies over time. A form of Darier disease known as the linear or segmental form is characterized by blemishes on localized areas of the skin. Darier disease is not an infection and the blemishes are not contagious. Symptoms usually first appear in late childhood or early adulthood. This condition is caused by mutations in the ATP2A2 gene and inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.
- Darier disease. Genetic Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=darierdisease. Accessed September 14, 2011.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Darier disease. Click on the link to go to GHR and review the information.
- DermNetNZ provides information on ichthyosis in general. DermNetNZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated.
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. Click on the link to view this information. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) offers printed materials on this topic. We recommend calling toll-free at 877-226-4267 to request a copy of this information.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge. Click on the link to read information on this topic.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Darier disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Darier disease. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- You can read more about Darier disease and see images of the skin lesions on DermNet, the website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet provides facts about the skin for consumers and health professionals.