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March 1969


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Vancouver, Canada

Am J Dis Child. 1969;117(3):371. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100030373028

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To the Editor.—Dr. Gorlin and I have had prior correspondence concerning our recent case report "Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Congenital Heterochromia Iridium" (Amer J Dis Child116:106-109 [July] 1968). His position is that this child probably represents a variant of the syndrome of deafness and bilateral auricular appendages. He thus questions our view that the association of congenital heterochromia iridium, sensorineural hearing loss, and the auricular appendages represents a clinical triad which is not characteristic of any known genetic entity.

Dr. Gorlin has a vast knowledge of rare syndromes of the head and neck, and his view may well prove to be the correct one. Sensorineural hearing loss and congenital heterochromia iridium, however, have been described in a variety of diseases, and we felt that a further illustrative case should be reported to help clarify the reasons for the association of these two lesions.

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