Cutis verticis gyrata

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Concerned regarding non-painful palpable ridges in the scalp

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male

Loose skin of the scalp causing folds that have the appearance of cortical gyri.  Minimal grooving of the underlying skull vault.

Case Discussion

A condition manifested by excessive skin folds in the scalp of the skin adopting an appearance like the surface of the brain. It can be primary or secondary due to large number of medical conditions including acromegaly. It generally occurs in males after puberty. It is seen more commonly in individuals with intellectual disability.  It is usually a cosmetic oddity that can be treated by skin resection. Occasionally, it may be associated with melanoma. This case is relatively minor.

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Case information

rID: 47001
Published: 27th Jul 2016
Last edited: 28th Jul 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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