While this site uses the term Linear Nevus Sebaceous Syndrome (LNSS), the syndrome has a confusing variety of additional names. The term "nevus" may use the British spelling "naevus," and "sebaceous" is sometimes spelled "sebaceus." However, not all of the names even use those terms!
Synonyms for Linear Nevus Sebaceous Syndrome include:
- Sebaceous Nevus Syndrome
- Schimmelpenning Syndrome (after the physician who reported it in 1957)
- Feuerstein-Mims Syndrome (after two physicians who co-authored a report in 1962)
- Feuerstein-Mims-Schimmelpenning Syndrome
- Solomon Syndrome
- Jadassohn's Nevus Phakomatosis (after the physician who initially described the sebaceous nevus in 1895)
- Organoid Nevus Syndrome
Another term that is sometimes used as a synonym for Linear Nevus Sebaceous Syndrome is Epidermal Nevus Syndrome. Unfortunately, the term Epidermal Nevus Syndrome is used as an umbrella term as well, for not only Linear Nevus Sebaceous Syndrome, but a whole group of syndromes including Proteus Syndrome, Nevus Comedonicus/Comedo Nevus Syndrome, Becker's Nevus Syndrome, and CHILD Nevus Syndrome. To confuse the matter further, people also started using the name of the physician (Solomon) who introduced Epidermal Nevus Syndrome as an umbrella term in 1968, to sometimes describe the group of syndromes as Solomon Syndrome, and sometime only to describe LNSS! [Happle, p.85]
These conditions are all neurocutaneous disorders, and all include a nevus plus additional disorders of the nervous system and other systems. However, the symptoms vary between syndromes. For example, Nevus Comedonicus Syndrome can include skeletal issues such as extra digits or syndactyly (fingers or toes fused together) [Harper, p. 1140], symptoms that are not part of LNSS.
A list of symptoms for Epidermal Nevus Syndrome as a group of syndromes can be found at The Doctor's Doctor. The symptoms in the chart are listed alphabetically within systems and not in order of frequency. The chart also does not tell which symptoms are associated with which specific sub-variety of Epidermal Nevus Syndrome.
When the term Epidermal Nevus Syndrome is used, it is important to clarify whether it is referring only to LNSS, or as an umbrella term meaning any epidermal nevus combined with additional syndrome symptoms.