Keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans. Report of two cases and literature review

Arch Dermatol. 1983 Jan;119(1):22-6. doi: 10.1001/archderm.119.1.22.


We report herein two cases of keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans (KFSD) and review the literature on this condition. The entity is one of a group of related disorders that shows keratosis pilaris with inflammation followed by atrophy. The clinical features and course of KFSD are characteristic. During infancy, keratosis pilaris begins on the face and, by childhood, progresses to involve the trunk and extremities. Sometime during childhood or up to the early teenage years, a cicatricial alopecia of the scalp and eyebrows develops and is the hallmark of this disorder. Hyperkeratosis of the palms and soles is a frequently associated finding and is usually manifested during adolescence. Other features occurring with this syndrome include atopy, photophobia, and corneal abnormalities. Sex-linked inheritance has been proposed by several authors.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alopecia / etiology
  • Atrophy
  • Biopsy
  • Darier Disease / complications
  • Darier Disease / pathology*
  • Eyebrows
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scalp
  • Terminology as Topic