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Image Number 1555 (Harlequin fetus)

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Diagnosis: Harlequin fetus

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Sex: M

Age: 1


Description: Generalized thick horny skin

Submitted by: Nameer Al-Sudany

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Differential Diagnosis

History: Harlequin fetus is a severe disorder that affects the skin in utero, causing thick, horny, armor-like plates covering the entire surface. The ears particularly are rudimentary or absent, and eclabium and ectropion are severe. The child is often stillborn or dies soon after delivery.

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