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Hair as a diagnostic tool in dysmorphology

Section Editor:Albert E Chudley, e-mail:


Corresponding author: Margherita Silengo, Dipartimento di Scienze Pediatriche Universita' di Torino, Piazza Polonia 94, 10126 Torino, Italy.
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Clinical diagnosis in dysmorphology is made by the recognition of a specific pattern of malformations and through an analytic search for discrete features.We present our personal experience regarding the usefulness of hair morphology as a tool for diagnosis in some metabolic and malformation syndromes. These cases represent only a few illustrative examples; an exhaustive review of the topic can be found elsewhere (1).