Fordyce's disease

Alternative eponyms

Related people

Enlarged ectopic sebacous glands in the mucosa of the mouth and genitals.

Description

Enlarged ectopic sebacous glands in the mucosa of the mouth (lips, cheek, tongue) and genitals. They appear as small yellow spots, 1-2 mm in diameter, called Fordyce’s spots. Localization may vary. They are asymptomatic and present in the majority of people. Etiology unknown.

Bibliography

  • J. A. Fordyce:
    A peculiar affection of the mucous membrane of the lips and the oral cavity.
    Journal of Cutaneous and Genitourinary Diseases, Chicago, 1896, 14: 413-419.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.

Disclaimer:

Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.