Ann Dermatol.  2009 May;21(2):147-149. 10.5021/ad.2009.21.2.147.

A Case of Faun Tail Naevus Treated by Intense Pulsed Light

  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.


A faun tail is abnormal lumbar hypertrichosis that is characterized by a wide, often triangular or lozenge-shaped patch of coarse hair, and this hair is usually several inches long. Faun tail is a rare entity. A 36-year-old male presented with a triangular shaped hair tuft with terminal hair on the lumbosacral area, and he'd had this unusual hair since birth. There were no neurologic signs or abnormality on his spine X-ray. The MRI scan showed disc degeneration and loss of lodordosis. We report here on a rare case of faun tail, which was a form of localized hypertrichosis on the lumbosacral area, and this was successfully treated with intense pulsed (IPL) light.


Faun tail; Hypertrichosis; Intense pulsed light

MeSH Terms

Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Neurologic Manifestations


  • Fig. 1 (A) A localized reverse triangular shaped hair tuft with terminal hairs on the lumbosacral area. (B) The area after 3 treatment sessions with intense pulsed light (IPL) at 3 week intervals.

  • Fig. 2 The histologic findings showed a normal epidermis and a superficial perivascular lymphocytic infiltration in the terminal hair follicles in the dermis (H&E, ×100).

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