Although we had the satisfaction of correctly diagnosing "Fragile Hairand Seizures in a Child" in your March issue,1and were interested to read about it, we would like to add a little furtherinformation about the hair microscopy findings in Menkes syndrome. In hisoriginal article in 1962, John Menkes2 describeda sex-linked recessive disorder with retardation of growth, peculiar hair,and focal cerebral and cerebellar degeneration in 5 children. In only 2 ofthe children was the hair kinky, although in all of them it was sparse andwiry.
Powell J, Ferguson DJP, Dawber RPR. Is Kinky-Hair Disease a Misnomer for Menkes Syndrome? Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(1):92–93. doi:
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