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Hypertrichosis (werewolf syndrome) is excessive hair growth (relative to the normal for an individual's age, gender, and race). It may be isolated to small patches or develop all over the body. Congenital hypertrichosis is a genetic disorder that is inherited or perhaps occurs as a result of spontaneous mutation. Acquired hypertrichosis lanuginosa is a very rare syndrome, with only about 50 cases reported worldwide since the Middle Ages. The condition is characterized by excessive hair growth on a child at birth. Most of the body is covered with lanugo hair, which is an unpigmented, fine, soft, and silky hair that covers the fetus and which is usually shed at around 8 months gestation and replaced with fine vellus hair and terminal scalp hair in preparation for birth. But in congenital hypertrichosis, the lanugo hair ("malignant down") continues to grow and persists throughout life. It is often confined to the face, and grows on the normally hairless nose and eyelids.sometimes occurs in people who are later diagnosed with a cancer of some form. This hair growth, also known as malignant down,
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