Medical Definition of Ichthyosis vulgaris

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ichthyosis vulgaris: A genetic skin disease characterized by scaly areas of skin that usually appear in childhood. The palms and soles are often affected. Areas that tend to be spared include the armpits, the insides of the elbows, and the skin behind the knee. Many people with ichthyosis vulgaris also have asthma, eczema, or hay fever. The gene responsible for this disease is located on chromosome 1. Also known as ichthyosis simplex.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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