Have you ever seen anyone around with this type of folds in their head?
Diagnosis: Cutis verticis gyrata (CVG)
Cutis verticis gyrata (CVG) refers to deep folds on the scalp that look similar to the folds of the brain. It occurs more commonly in males, and most commonly develops after puberty, but before age 30. It may occur alone (isolated CVG) or in association with a variety of underlying conditions or treatments, including neuropsychiatric disorders, eye abnormalities, or inflammatory conditions.
At this time, causes are unknown, but it's said it is not congenital. Hair loss can occur over time where the scalp thickens, though hair within any furrows remains normal. Thus far, due to the (apparent) rarity of the condition, limited research exists and causes are as yet undetermined.
The estimated prevalence of cutis verticis gyrata (with data from 1964) is up to 1 in 100,000 people in the general population. It has been estimated to occur in 0.5% (1 in 200) of people with intellectual disability in the United States.
The only current medical treatment for this condition is limited to plastic surgery with excision of the folds by means of scalp reduction/surgical resection. Scalp subcision has also been suggested as a treatment. Additional suggestions also include injections of a dermal filler.
If you or a loved one feel like they may be experiencing similar signs and symptoms, please consult your primary healthcare physician to prevent further complications. Stay healthy and stay safe everyone!
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This young man here suffers from a rare congenital giant pigmented Nevus, commonly known as giant furred moles.
Giant congenital melanocytic nevus is a skin condition characterized by an abnormally dark, noncancerous skin patch (nevus) that is composed of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. It is present from birth (congenital) or is noticeable soon after birth. The nevus may be small in infants, but it will usually grow at the same rate the body grows and will eventually be at least 40 cm (15.75 inches) across. The nevus can appear anywhere on the body, but it is more often found on the trunk or limbs. The color ranges from tan to black and can become darker or lighter over time. The surface of a nevus can be flat, rough, raised, thickened, or bumpy; the surface can vary in different regions of the nevus, and it can change over time. The skin of the nevus is often dry and prone to irritation and itching (dermatitis). Excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis) can occur within the nevus. There is often less fat tissue under the skin of the nevus; the skin may appear thinner there than over other areas of the body.
The condition is thought to be caused by a gene defect.
The condition may occur with:
Growth of fatty tissue cells
Neurofibromatosis (an inherited disease involving changes in skin pigment and other symptoms)
Other nevi (moles)
Spina bifida (a birth defect in the spine)
Involvement of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord when the nevus affects a very large area
Smaller congenital pigmented or melanocytic nevi are common in children and do not cause problems most of the time. Larger or giant nevi are rare.
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I’m putting this here as a reminder for myself.
My #energy is constant. It’s just a matter of what I do with it. I’ve had so many instances this past week of:
“this is hard, this is too much, I’m too busy, I need to pause, I need to make space, I can’t do this/that, I’ll make an excuse, I’ll step back” ...and so on.
But ya know what? My energy is here. Every day it all changes and shifts. I decide how to use it, be with it, share it. Truth be told, my heart and mind don’t want to step back. I don’t want to feel small. I want to take up space with devotion to mySelf and my experiences, so I can move this outward to others. My energy is larger than my mind can imagine. My heart knows it. Somewhere beyond my mind knows it. I am here and breathing. My instances of seeking perfection in all instances is a place where I put my energy and I’m realizing that’s where my energy was put lately. It sat, was stagnant, was heavy. I’m pressing on, shifting my energy as needed. Practicing doing/being to the best of my ability as it is, seeing room for improvement, but knowing I’m here right now, right now, right now. Moving with compassion, right attitude, right motive, doing my duty, doing my best, and with a non-attachment to outcome, but with true sincerity towards what I know I need to do.