Crutchfield Dermatology : Continuing Medical Education Section
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Diagnosis: Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa
Only about 50 cases of this genetic disorder have been documented. This recent case in has sparked a renewed interest in the disorder. Although quite striking in appearance, the affected persons are quite normal in every other way. It is speculated that persons with this disorder may be responsible for the legends of "werewolves". A few have participated in circus sideshows and other touring "oddity-type" shows. This gentleman was, reportedly, quite popular with the opposite sex throughout his high school days and is currently married. He has a brother who is also affected, as depicted in a childhood photo below.
Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD
Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology
University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical Director, Crutchfield Dermatology