Section : History & Terminology

Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome

  • Birt–Hogg–Dubé syndrome is a dermatological condition with a heightened risk of tumors in the kidneys and lungs.
  • The condition is characterized by multiple benign dome-shaped tumors of the hair follicles (fibrofolliculomas), located on the face, neck and sometimes on the upper chest.Trichodiscomas and acrochordons are other lesions occuring with this syndrome
  • Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome was described in 1977
  • Dr Arthur Robert Birt (1906-1995) was a Canadian dermatologist and he also described Hereditary polymorphic light eruptions occuring in the Inuit and North and South American Indians.
  • The syndrome was described with to other Canadian doctors: Georgina R. Hogg, and William J. Dubé


Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland

Source of information:

-Crissey JT el al. Dermatology and Dermatologists (2002). Parthenon Publishing