Hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita


Disease 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.[7799][7800] The hair can grow to be 3 to 5 cm in length.[7799] This condition appears to follow an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance.[7800]


  • Hypertrichosis universalis
  • Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa
  • CHL
  • Hypertrichosis lanuginosa universalis

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