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Sign of Hertoghe -- eyebrow loss

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    Sign of Hertoghe -- eyebrow loss

    Missing the outer third of the eyebrow is called the "Sign of Hertoghe" after the endocrinologist who first described this in the early 1900s. It is a symptom of hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone).

    Another symptom of hypothyroidism is keratosis --- typically on the trunk, upper arms and thighs.

    I noticed keratosis pilaris on my daughter when she was young, along with other symptoms of hypothyroidism. I was fortunate that Dr. Hertoghe (son or grandson) was working with the Broda Barnes Foundation at the time. He confirmed my suspicions. After obtaining Armour thyroid for her, the keratosis pilaris on her trunk disappeared, but the bumps on her arms and thighs remained.

    In medline, there is a scientific article entitled: "The eye brow sign of Hertoghe, a symptom of function of the autonomic nervous system." There isn't any more information than just the title there. However, I assume this might have something to do with the autonomic nervous system's control of blood flow to the skin.

    If any of you suspect a thyroid disorder, please look at the information at or at the Broda Barnes Foundation. Sad to say, but there is a great deal of difference of opinion when it comes to thyroid. Most conventional doctors will diagnose based on blood tests only. Alternative doctors are much more willing to take symptoms into consideration.

    I'm a new visitor. Thank you so much for all this information.
    Last edited by PollyH; 12-21-2008 at 06:18 PM. Reason: more information

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Keratosis Pilaris is a very common benign genetic skin condition. is the definitive resource for KP on the internet.

KP appears as rough or bumpy skin on the back and/or outer sides of your upper arms. The severity of the symptoms varies from person to person. You can also manifest it on the face as a natural blush (known as KPRF or Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii).

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