FOCAL ACRAL HYPERKERATOSIS
By Gary M. White, MD
Focal acral hyperkeratosis (FAH) is an inherited keratoderma in which keratotic papules occur on the sides of the hands and feet, usually in a darker-skinned person.
In this rare condition, multiple papules 2-5 mm in size develop early in life along the sides of the palm and outer fingers usually in a black patient. In one variant crateriform hyperkeratotic papules of the feet may occur [Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2007;73:359-61].
No treatment is usually needed, however, oral retinoids have been given.
J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2010 Jun;3(6):51-3.
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