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Aplasia cutis congenita

Other Names for this Disease
  • Aplasia cutis congenita nonsyndromic
  • Congenital defect of skull and scalp
  • Scalp defect congenital
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  • My 4 month old daughter was born with a small open wound on the back of her head. It has healed into a pink scar and has since been diagnosed as aplasia cutis. They have done an ultrasound and said everything was normal and she needed no further treatment. They told me they would only do genetic testing if she does not hit her milestones. She is hitting them all so far and more. My question is, is this just an isolated scar with no other problems? Or will she develop problems later in life? Is it possible to have aplasia cutis congenita with no other mental or physical abnormalities? Click here for answer

  • When my second daughter was born last year, I noticed that she had a small bald patch the size of a coin. I am afraid that she might have aplasia cutis congenita. Can you provide me with information about this condition? Click here for answer

  • My son was born with aplasia cutis congenita. He is now one year old and the spot on his head is about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. As his head grows, the lesion continues to get bigger. His dermatologist has prescribed a skin cream to keep it moist, but my son continues to scratch it open daily. My son's doctor says that there is nothing that can be done until he is a teenager when a portion of the membrane can be removed and his scalp can be stitched together. I can't see waiting that long without a better recommendation. What treatment options are available?  Click here for answer

  • My son was born with cutis aplasia congenita.  He had two midline spots on his scalp, one spot was 11mm in diameter and the other spot was 13 mm. They have finally healed now and it took about 2 months. I was wondering if there is any research out there for a cause or if it is known what causes it.  I have taken him to four different doctors who have never seen it before and don't have a lot of information on it. He did have genetic testing done at birth which all came back normal. Click here for answer

  • My daughter was diagnosed with aplasia cutis congenita. Can you provide me with more information about this condition, including its causes, associated problems, and how it might be treated? Click here for answer

  • I was born with aplasia cutis congenita. I would like to learn more about this condition, including how it is inherited and how it may affect me as I get older. Click here for answer