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Image Number 1493 (Monilethrix)

Hair loss diffuse

Diagnosis: Monilethrix

Site: Scalp

Sex: M

Age: 2


Description: Sparse short fragile hair.

Submitted by: Nameer Al-Sudany

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Differential Diagnosis

History: Monilethrix, also known as beaded hairs, is a rare hereditary disease inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. It is characterized by dryness, fragility, and sparseness of the scalp hair. Under the light microscope, fusiform or spindle-shaped swellings along the hair shaft separated by narrow atrophic segments are seen. The hair tends to break at the delicate internodes.

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