cutis verticis gyrata


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cu·tis ver·'ti·cis gy·ra·'ta

a congenital condition in which the skin of the scalp is hypertrophied and thrown into folds forming anterior to posterior furrows; it may be a component of pachydermoperiostosis.

cutis verticis gyrata

Convoluted scalp folds 1 to 2 cm thick. It may develop any time from birth to adolescence and is more common in males. The skin cannot be flattened by traction.
Synonym: bulldog scalp.
See also: cutis

cutis verticis gyrata

A state of the skin of the forehead in which, as a result of hypertrophy, it is thrown into deep vertical folds so as to resemble the surface of the brain. The condition is a feature of ACROMEGALY, local inflammation and acute myeloid LEUKAEMIA. A rare primary form of the condition, which affects males only, is associated with severe learning difficulty, seizures, cerebral palsy and eye abnormalities.