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Peeling skin syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Deciduous skin
  • Familial continuous skin peeling
  • Keratolysis exfoliativa congenita
  • Peeling skin syndrome, acral type (subtype)
  • Peeling skin syndrome, inflammatory type B (subtype)
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Peeling skin syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by continual peeling of the skin. Affected individuals may also experience itching and reddening of the skin. The signs and symptoms of peeling skin syndrome usually appear soon after birth, but they may also develop later in life. There are two main subtypes of this condition, called noninflammatory type A and inflammatory type B. In some families, an acral form of peeling skin syndrome has been reported, in which skin peeling is strictly limited to the hands and feet. Peeling skin syndrome has an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance. Mutations in the TGM5 gene have been identified in several patients with the acral form of peeling skin syndrome.[1]
Last updated: 3/30/2010


  1. Skin Peeling Syndrome. Orphanet. July 2006; Accessed 3/30/2010.
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Basic Information

  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Peeling skin syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • DermNetNZ provides information on ichthyosis in general. DermNetNZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated.
  • 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.

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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Peeling skin syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.