ichthyosis vulgaris


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ichthyosis

 [ik″the-o´sis]
any in a group of skin disorders characterized by increased or aberrant keratinization, resulting in dryness, roughness, and scaliness of the skin. Many different metaphors such as alligator, collodion, crocodile, fish, and porcupine skin have been used to describe the various types and stages of ichthyosis. Most ichthyoses are genetically determined, but some may be acquired and develop in association with systemic diseases or may be a prominent feature in certain genetic syndromes. The term is commonly used alone to refer to ichthyosis vulgaris. (See Atlas 2, Part L.) adj., adj ichthyot´ic.
ichthyosis conge´nita (congenital ichthyosis) lamellar exfoliation of newborn.
harlequin ichthyosis the ichthyosis affecting a harlequin fetus.
ichthyosis hys´trix a rare form of epidermolytic hyperkeratosis marked by generalized, dark brown, linear, wartlike ridges somewhat like porcupine skin.
lamellar ichthyosis a congenital, chronic form of ichthyosis present at birth, inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, in which the affected infant is born encased in a collodionlike membrane (see collodion baby) that is soon shed, the skin then becoming covered with large, coarse scales with involvement of all of the flexures as well as the palms and soles. Universal erythroderma and pruritus are characteristic, and ectropion of variable degree is usually present. Formerly called congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma (nonbullous type). (See Atlas 2, Part K.)
lamellar ichthyosis of newborn lamellar exfoliation of newborn.
ichthyosis linea´ris circumflex´a a congenital autosomal recessive disorder present at birth, characterized by the presence of generalized redness and scaling of the skin associated with migratory lesions and hyperhidrosis of the palms and soles.
ichthyosis vulga´ris the most common form of ichthyosis, inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, having an onset sometime after the first year of life, especially near puberty. There is prominent fine scaling, principally on the extensor surfaces of the extremities and back (the flexures are spared and there is little scaling of the abdomen and face), together with accentuated markings and creases on the palms and soles; atopy is often present.
X-linked ichthyosis a chronic form of ichthyosis affecting only males, transmitted as an X-linked recessive trait, that may be present at birth or appear in early infancy. It is characterized by the presence of prominent, very adherent scales, often brown, especially on the neck, extremities, trunk, and buttocks.

ich·thy·o·sis vul·ga·ris

[MIM*146700]
an autosomal dominant trait, with onset in childhood of scales on the trunk and extremities but not on the flexural areas, and associated with atopy and prominent palmar and plantar markings; histologically, there are hyperkeratosis, absence of a granular layer in the epidermis, and normal epidermal cell turnover.

ichthyosis vulgaris

(vŭl-gā′rəs, -gâr′əs)
n.
A genetic skin disorder characterized by dry, thickened, scaly skin, especially on the limbs, and prominent lines on the palms and soles, with symptoms usually developing in childhood.

ichthyosis vulgaris

Etymology: Gk, ichthys + osis + L, vulgaris, common
a hereditary skin disorder characterized by large, dry, dark scales that cover the face, neck, scalp, ears, back, and extensor surfaces but not the flexor surfaces of the body. The condition is transmitted as an autosomal-dominant trait; it appears several months to 1 year after birth. Management consists of topical application of emollients and use of keratolytic agents to facilitate removal of the scales. Also called ichthyosis simplex. See also sex-linked ichthyosis.
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Ichthyosis vulgaris

ich·thy·o·sis vul·ga·ris

(ikthē-ōsis vŭl-gāris)
One of the most common inherited dermatologic disorders that causes dry scaly skin.
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A report on three generations, demonstrating an association with ichthyosis vulgaris and evidence of involvement of the acrosyringium.
Terron-Kwiatkowski A, et aI: Loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding filaggrin cause ichthyosis vulgaris.
Segre JA: Epidermal differentiation complex yields a secret: Mutations in the cornification protein filaggrin underlie ichthyosis vulgaris.
About 18 months ago, the gene was in fact sequenced, and this led to the discovery that mutations in it are linked to ichthyosis vulgaris (in homozygous individuals) and atopic dermatitis (in heterozygotes).
In 2006, two common loss-of-function mutations to the filaggrin (filament-aggregating protein) gene were identified as a cause of ichthyosis vulgaris.
It is very similar to ichthyosis vulgaris, but unlike the genetic forms, acquired ichthyosis tends to spare the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
The mutations on FLG, which is located on chromosome 1q21, were originally linked to ichthyosis vulgaris in a group of 15 families, with many affected members of these families also having atopic dermatitis.