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July 1972

Red and Blonde Hair in Renal Medullary Cystic Disease

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich

From the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor. Dr. Rayfield is now with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, Md.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(1):72-75. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650010060011

An earlier clinical observation that renal medullary cystic disease is frequently associated with red and blonde hair has been confirmed. The concomitance of these findings in eight patients in four new kindreds is presented. These observations relating hair color to medullary cystic disease of the kidney will be helpful in suggesting this diagnosis at the bedside in patients with compatible clinical findings.

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