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October 1947

PILI TORTI: Report of a Case

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(4):540-541. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520100136025

Pili torti is a rare disease of the hair; the pathogenesis is unknown, and the treatment is unsatisfactory. Pili torti is usually considered a congenital disease. In Ormsby and Mitchell's1 case the disease had been present at birth, with a slight growth of hair when the child was 14 months; they stressed the resemblance to monilethrix. In Ronchese's2 case it was also of congenital origin, other members of the family being similarly affected. His patient improved with the application of hydrous wool fat to the scalp.

Clarke and Glicksberg3 reported a case of a 14 year old boy who had been completely without hair until 5 years of age. Investigation of the endocrine system revealed no abnormalities. The association with keratosis pilaris and also monilethrix has been reported.

REPORT OF A CASE  R. Z.,4 aged 17, presented herself in January 1946, complaining of extreme shortness and

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