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February 1989

Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa in a Man With Colon Adenocarcinoma

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New Orleans

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(2):471. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390020153041

To the Editor.—The excellent article "Acquired Hypertrichosis Languinosa Associated With Malignancy" in the November 1987 issue of the Archives stated that "it is very remarkable that no case of this syndrome has been reported in the male in relation to colon carcinoma."1 Because of the rarity of this association, we report this case.

Report of a Case.—A 69-year-old man presented to the Veterans Administration Hospital, New Orleans, on Oct 20, 1987, complaining of weakness, decreased appetite, diarrhea, and a change in his body hair for six months. He had been followed up at another institution for two years since he presented there in 1985 with a history of pencil-thin stools and constipation for two days. A colonoscopy revealed three different colonic masses involving the transverse and left colon. The patient underwent almost total colectomy with a low anterior colorectal anastomosis. Histologic studies disclosed three primary colon adenocarcinomas,

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