Ambras Syndrome

Ambras Syndrome (also known as Werewolf Syndrome and Hypertrichosis) is a genetic disorder and it causes an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body.

There are two distinct types of the Ambras Syndrome: [a] generalized, which occurs over the entire body, and [b] localized, which is restricted to a certain area. Ambras Syndrome can be either present at birth or acquired later in life.
The condition is quite rare, the first case was described less than 20 years ago and only a few dozen cases are known in medical literature[1]. There is no known cure for this problem.

The Ambras Syndrome can also be acquired later in life particularly due to cancer, drugs and eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa.

Hypertrichosis is also known to very rarely occur in cats.
The alternative name of Werewolf Syndrome is sometimes also used for a rare psychiatric disorder that involves the delusion that the affected person can transform into, has already transformed into, or is a werewolf. That particular condition is also known as clinical lycanthropy.


[1] Rashid et al: A hairy development in hypertrichosis: a brief review of Ambras syndrome in Dermatology Online Journal - 2007

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