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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 79  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 88--91

Multicentric calcified trichilemmal cysts with alopecia universalis affecting siblings


Department of DVL, Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, Nalgonda Dist., Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Haneef N Sadath
7/202, Kalyani, Sahara States, LB Nagar, Hyderabad-500 068
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.104675

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Trichilemmal cyst, also known as "pilar cyst," is a benign cyst containing keratin and its breakdown products with a wall resembling external root sheath of hair. It occurs mostly in females as a solitary firm nodule over scalp. Occurrence of multiple trichilemmal cysts in areas other than scalp is extremely rare. We are reporting a case of a 40-years-old female who presented with multiple calcified trichilemmal cysts in multicentric distribution associated with alopecia universalis. Similar complaints were present in elder sister of the patient, indicating a genetic background. Multicentric distribution of trichilemmal cysts, calcification, familial occurrence, and association with alopecia universalis seen in our case are all rare and intriguing features.






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