Blood draw or a buccal swab (a swab that is collected from the inside of the cheek to collect DNA from those cells)
If your (or your child’s) skin condition involves hair, we may ask to take a sample of your (or your child’s) hair, either by cutting a small sample, or plucking a few hairs. If your (or your child’s) skin condition involves the nails, we may ask to clip a small sample of your (or your child’s) nail. If you (or your child) have a mosaic skin condition or a skin neoplasm (growth) or a rash, we will request a skin biopsy of your (or your child’s) skin condition
We may ask you about other members of your family and whether or not they have a skin disorder. From this information we will make a family tree, or pedigree, that lists you or your child and all the members of your family and whether or not they have the skin disease. The information that is collected will pertain solely to history of skin diseases and any health complications that may contribute to that disease. Personal information about other members of the family (such as name) will not be collected.
Photograph showing the areas of skin disease. We will ask for your permission to use this photo in scientiﬁc publications and/or presentations. Your (or your child’s face) face will be covered in a way that you (or your child) cannot be identiﬁed if that is preferred by you
Inclusion criteria: • Male or female subjects that are 18 years or older • Male or female subjects that are 18 years or younger whose legal guardian provides informed consent. For subjects less than 18 years of age, only buccal swab for DNA isolation will be performed. We will not be drawing blood or performing biopsies, unless biopsies are indicated for routine clinical diagnostic testing, on subjects less than 18 years of age. • Subjects with active cutaneous, hair or nail disease
Exclusion criteria: • As above, no blood draws or skin biopsies, unless indicated as standard of care for routine clinical diagnostic testing,will be performed on subjects less than 18 years of age for the purpose of this study.
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