Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa is not associated with an increased mortality rate. No documented long-term medical or physical morbidities are associated with congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa. Psychological sequelae may occur because of the presence of excessive hair growth and the maintenance involved with removing the unwanted hair.
Congenital forms of hypertrichosis are caused by genetic mutations, and are extremely rare, unlike acquired forms. Congenital hypertrichosis is always present at birth. Hypertrichosis lanuginosa. Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa is noticeable at birth, with the infant completely covered in thin lanugo hair.
Commonly mistaken for hypertrichosis, hirsutism affects up to 10 percent of women. Hirsutism is a term that relates to women who develop coarse terminal hairs in a typical male hair-growth distribution pattern, such as on the chin and chest. Women often develop hirsutism due to a hormone imbalance.
Hypertrichosis is a condition that causes excessive hair growth all over the body, it is sometimes referred to as werewolf syndrome. The primary symptom of hypertrichosis is the presence of hair in greater amounts than is usual, it can also cause hair to appear in unusual areas. The condition is often hereditary.
Naevoid hypertrichosis This is an unusual form of hypertrichosis where a solitary circumscribed area of terminal hair growth occurs. It is not usually associated with any other diseases, except if it arises as a faun-tail on the lower back, when it may indicate underlying spina bifida.
Hair in hypertrichosis is usually longer than expected and may consist of any hair type (lanugo, vellus, or terminal). Patterned forms of hypertrichosis cause hair growth in patterns. Generalized forms of hypertrichosis result in hair growth over the entire body.