Other names: keratitis, ichthyosis and deafness
Incidence: very rare
- skin: sharply outlined and irregularly shaped red plaques with accuminate scale; face more commonly involved than extremities or trunk; generalized, mild erythema and fine scale in some individuals; spiny, keratotic thickening of the palms in some
- hair: follicular plugging and generalized sparse or absent hair (common)
- nails: small, malformed nails (common)
- eyes: progressive inflammation and thickening of the cornea (keratitis)
- ears: non-progressive hearing loss
Age at first appearance: birth
Long-term course: often begins as congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma; usually improves during the first year of life leaving the characteristic findings described above; bacterial and fungal infections of the skin appear to be more common than normal, as do skin and mucous membrane cancers
Diagnostic tests: none
Abnormal gene: GJB2 encoding connexin-2
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This information is provided as a service to patients and parents of patients who have ichthyosis. It is not intended to supplement appropriate medical care, but instead to complement that care with guidance in practical issues facing patients and parents. Neither FIRST, its Board of Directors, Medical & Scientific Advisory Board, Board of Medical Editors nor Foundation staff and officials endorse any treatments or products reported here. All issues pertaining to the care of patients with ichthyosis should be discussed with a dermatologist experienced in the treatment of their skin disorder.