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Abnormal hair growth with dark hair from neck to buttocks, cause of concern ?

My granddaughter was born with a patch of hair above the buttocks . She is now age 7 and has lots of dark hair (about 6 inches in width) growing from your neck to her buttocks. I am mostly concerned that this may be a symptom of something, as well as concerned about her being teased by her peers. What is the cause of the abnormal hair growth on her back which seems to increase each year of her life?
Asked On : Fri, 16 Mar 2012
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Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases 's  Response
Welcome to Healthcare Magic forum.
A tuft of hair above the bottom when present since birth usually indicates an underlying spinal cord anomalies or other neural tube defects or sometimes kidney abnormalities .However only the excessive growth of hair without an associated defect may be due to an underlying hormonal or metabolic problem.Since she is asymptomatic it is unlikely that any major congenital anomalies are present but nevertheless it does warrant an evaluation.
So please consult a pediatrician for a thorough examination & investigation of your granddaughter to rule out any of the above mentioned problems.
Wishing her good health,

Answered: Fri, 16 Mar 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Bhavesh Devani's  Response
Hi, Thanks for quary..Your granddaughter having faun tail naevus...Go for Xray LS spine AP and lateral view , it may be associated with spina bifida. Regarding hair , Laser Hair Removal by Diode which is US FDA machine at age of 16 years onwards...I have done Laser Hair Removal in many such type of patients and it gives very good results if patiens complete all session of Laser Hair Removal.
Dr.Bhavesh Devani MD
Cosmetic Dermatologist and Laser Surgeon
Answered: Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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