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Int J Trichology. 2010 Jan;2(1):18-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-7753.66907.

Monilethrix: one step more on the ladder of cytogenetics.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Venereology, Leprology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry, India.


Monilethrix is one of the hair shaft abnormalities with increased fragility of hair. Here we describe a ten-year-old girl with a history of hair loss and breakage of hair since three months of age, associated with keratosis pilaris along with an abnormal microscopic finding of a hair shaft. A cytogenetic study of the patient showed an unexpectedly high degree of Acrocentric association.


Acrocentric association; keratosis pilaris; monilethrix

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