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J Craniofac Genet Dev Biol. 1987;7(3):301-10.

Genetic disorders associated with severe alopecia in children: a report of two unusual cases and a review.

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Department of Dermatology, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel.


Moderate to severe alopecia in children may be due to a genetic disorder. This paper reviews the heritable causes of alopecia in children and gives a detailed account of two affected unrelated children. One has alopecia universalis while the other has alopecia postulated to be due to a new disorder of genetic etiology. The article concludes that for purposes of genetic counseling and prognosis it is crucial that a correct diagnosis be made.

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