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Arch Dis Child. 1982 March; 57(3): 212–216.
PMCID: PMC1627586

Unexplained diarrhoea and failure to thrive in 2 siblings with unusual facies and abnormal scalp hair shafts: a new syndrome.


A family is described in which 2 siblings born to healthy parents presented with abnormal facies, persistent diarrhoea, and early death. Exhaustive pathological and biochemical investigations failed to find a cause. The scalp hair of both babies had an abnormal amino-acid composition, and presented an appearance that was unique on scanning electron microscopical examination; this fact and the clinical picture probably represents a new syndrome.

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