A Cure for Congenital Hypertrichosis?

A. Quinton — Nov. 20th 2008

Prithviraj Patil The Telegraph is running an article about an 11-year-old boy with hypertrichosis, and the efforts of New York’s Columbia University to find an effective method of treatment for his ailment. Prithviraj Patil is one of an estimated 50 people in the world who have congenital hypertrichosis, or “werewolf syndrome”– a condition that causes heavy hair growth on the face and upper body, and results in a werewolf-like appearance. Despite his condition, Pirthviraj is “healthy, sporty and popular at school”– a regular kid, in other words. Alas, the world being full of judgemental dicks as it is, Pirthviraj suffers at the hands of others for his appearance, and he and his family have tried everything from homeopathy to laser surgery in an effort to make his apperance more conventional.

Enter Doctor Angela Christiano, an associate professor of molecular dermatology and genetics at Columbia University. Doctor Christiano her laboratory focus on the genetics and biology of hair loss. Their recent study of cases like Prithviraj’s have lead them to the first step in an effective treatment for hypertrichosis: injections of testosterone.

If you’re interested in learning more about Pirthviraj and other “wolf children”, check out the unfortunately-titled Discovery Channel documentary “My Shocking Story: Real Wolf Kids“.

  • Roukas

    Hmm…I’m curious as to why daily shaving won’t at least subdue a condition like this. Although my sympathies are with the kid, I can’t help but conjecture one-liners that he could use in response to those who hassle him:

    Some Jerk: “Hey wolfboy, what’ll it sound like when you jump up the teacher’s desk and howl for us?”

    Prithviraj: “Probably a lot like what it sounded like when I jumped up on your mom last night!”

  • http://Nil Shamaila Zareen

    I am a Nurse (r). I have herbal treatment for Prithviraj. This in liquid form and for local use. This is passed by P.C.S.I.R. I am working in this field since 12years. I have my own clinic with title He & She Herbal Hair Remover Clinic. I have been introduced it in private Channel (INDUS). It is with 100% result & without any side effect. After treatment he will be fine. I wrote to many places but could not get any response. I need just contact of Prithviraj. Please help me to contact him. Thanks