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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Sep;61(3):512-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.01.006.

Uncombable hair syndrome.

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Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

Uncombable hair syndrome is a relatively rare anomaly of the hair shaft, with less than 100 cases reported to date, that results in a disorganized, unruly hair pattern that is impossible to comb flat. The characteristic longitudinal grooves along the hair shaft, along with the triangular or kidney-shaped cross section allows this condition to be diagnosed microscopically. The majority of cases are inherited in an autosomal-dominant manner with either complete or incomplete penetrance. There is no definitive treatment, and most cases improve with the onset of puberty.

PMID:
19700017
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2009.01.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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