Congenital, Generalized Hypertrichosis

Understanding hair related symptoms and features.

Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.

Hair is a part of the integumentary system of the body, a system which includes not only hair but also skin and nails too. The integumentary system acts to protect our body from external threats or injury.

Generally, symptoms affecting the hair can be seen with the eye. Although diagnosing a hair related symptom may involve different tests and assessments, both subjective and objective.

Symptoms relating to the hair affect hair on all parts of the body, including the scalp, torso and face. They may also affect specific features of the face, including the eyebrows and eyelashes. When looking specifically at symptoms relating to the hair, other aspects such as the amount, distribution, thickness, texture and colour should also be taken into consideration.

What is Congenital, generalized hypertrichosis?

It is the presence of excessive silvery blonde to gray lanugo hair on the body of a newborn. It is present at birth, and is usually found all over the body.

There is currently no known prevention of this form of excessive hair growth. However it is known that the hairiness related to this symptom tends to be more severe in males than females.

It is also known to be a genetic syndrome, and more than likely it is inherited.

What should I do next?

In some instances, congenital, generalized hypertrichosis may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.

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