Atrichia with papular lesions is a genetic disease that involves hair loss. Individuals with this disease begin to lose their hair at a few months of age and the hair never grows back. Small hard lumps called cysts can form on an individual’s body during childhood.
Atrichia with papular lesions is a rare genetic disease. This condition is inherited (passed through families) in an autosomal recessive manner. We inherit our genes in pairs, one from each parent typically. Our genes are what control the growth, development and function of our bodies. If a mistake or error occurs in a gene, it can cause problems. Autosomal recessive means that an individual must have two copies of the changed gene or mutation that causes the condition. A person with one changed gene would be a carrier of the condition but usually will not have any symptoms. If both parents are carriers, their children have a one in four chance (25%) of having the disease. The gene responsible is called the human hairless gene.
There are no treatments for the hair loss. The disease does not lead to an early death or cause other problems. Speak with your doctor about the best personal plan of action.
Description Last Updated: May 30, 2018