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July 1973

The "Campomelic" Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Southern California Permanente Medical Center 1050 W Pacific Coast Hwy Harbor City, CA 90710

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(1):128. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190116026

To the Editor.—I should like to inquire whether or not there is an error in the spelling of the article The "Campomelic" Syndrome.1 Bianchine et al2 and Hoefnagel et al3 spell it one way (camptomelic) whereas Lee et al1 and Kučera4 spell it another (campomelic). From the explanation of Bianchine et al,2 the correct spelling seems to be "camptomelic."

It is difficult to be right up to date with references when publishing case reports of syndromes. However, the patients reported by Maroteaux et al (Lee et al's reference 26) were earlier mentioned in a letter to the editor in Lancet.5 This section of Lancet has since been bombarded with numerous case reports of the same syndrome.2-4,6-10.

While it may be true that "the syndrome of congenital bowing of long bones is a vague nosologic entity, and is perhaps a wastebasket category

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