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J Dermatol. 1993 Apr;20(4):231-7.

Chédiak-Higashi syndrome: report of a case and review of the Japanese literature.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Osaka City University Medical School, Japan.


We report the case of a Japanese female infant with Chédiak-Higashi syndrome born to consanguineous parents. At birth she had fair skin but, when she was three months old, marked hyperpigmentation of the sun-exposed skin areas developed. Microscopic examination of blood and electron microscopic examination confirmed the diagnosis. She enjoyed good health until she was two years old when she had pneumonia with marked hepatosplenomegaly. It is important for dermatologists and pediatricians to be aware of the skin manifestations of this disease because hyperpigmentation after sun exposure may be a characteristic, initial feature of this condition.

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