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Hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita


Other Names for this Disease
  • CHL
  • Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa
  • Hypertrichosis lanuginosa universalis
  • Hypertrichosis universalis
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Overview

Hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita is a congenital (present from birth) skin disease characterized by excessive lanugo (very fine, soft, unpigmented) hair covering the entire body, with the exception of the palms, soles, and mucous membranes.[1][2] The hair can grow to be 3 to 5 cm in length.[1] This condition appears to follow an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance.[2]
Last updated: 10/23/2014

References

  1. Hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita. Orphanet. February 2012; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=EN&Expert=2222. Accessed 10/23/2014.
  2. Hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). July 24, 2014; http://www.omim.org/entry/145700. Accessed 10/23/2014.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • CHL
  • Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa
  • Hypertrichosis lanuginosa universalis
  • Hypertrichosis universalis
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