In 1949 I examined a little girl who had a congenital ectodermal defect manifested by a unique type of fragilitas crinium which, so far as I have been able to determine, has not been discussed in the literature. I have been diffident about reporting my findings because the patient lived in a distant city and, therefore, was unable to remain under prolonged observation. However, a résumé of her history, together with mounted hairs or photographs of them, has evinced such interest among several eminent dermatologists that I am encouraged to believe that such a rare type of fragilitas crinium warrants this report.
Report of a Case
A girl, aged 4 years, was admitted to The Cleveland Clinic on Nov. 22, 1949, because the hair on the scalp had failed to grow to normal length (there had been no area of baldness), and a pruritic eruption had been
NETHERTON EW. A Unique Case of Trichorrhexis Nodosa—"Bamboo Hairs". AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(4):483–487. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560100059009
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