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Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome

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NORD is very grateful to Laura S. Schmidt, PhD, Principal Scientist, BRP, SAIC-Frederick, Inc., Urologic Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome

  • BHD syndrome
  • Hornstein-Knickenberg syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome is a rare complex genetic skin disorder (genodermatosis) characterized by the development of skin papules generally located on the head, face and upper torso. These benign tumors (hamartomas) of the hair follicle are called fibrofolliculomas. BHD syndrome also predisposes individuals to the development of benign cysts in the lungs, repeated episodes of a collapsed lung (pneumothorax), and increased risk for developing renal neoplasia. BHD syndrome is caused by mutations in the FLCN (alias BHD) gene and is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.

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