Keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome

Dermatol Online J. 2009 Aug 15;15(8):11.


A 21-year-old man presented with a life-long history of diffusely thickened skin with a grainy-to-ridged surface, verrucous perioral plaques with radial fissures, and diffuse palmoplantar keratoderma with a stippled appearance. These skin findings were accompanied by sensorineural hearing loss and keratoconjunctivitis, a clinical triad diagnostic of keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome. The patient also had a history of recurrent infections and cysts on the scalp. This report draws attention to inflammatory nodules (representing ruptured folliculitis), cysts, and recurrent infections on the scalp as manifestations of KID syndrome and reviews the increasingly recognized risk of follicular tumors and squamous-cell carcinomas in patients with this conditions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Deafness*
  • Humans
  • Ichthyosis* / pathology
  • Keratitis* / pathology
  • Male
  • Syndrome
  • Young Adult