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June 1974

Emotional Deprivation: Report of a Case With Features of Leprechaunism

Author Affiliations

Galveston, Tex
From the Department of Pediatrics, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Tex. Dr. Hopwood is now a fellow in endocrinology and metabolism, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(6):892-894. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110250118019

A 17-month-old girl had severe emaciation and complaint of nighttime wakefulness. The presence of marked wasting, hypotonia, psychomotor retardation, hirsutism, and breast hypertrophy suggested a diagnosis of leprechaunism. Prompt reversal of these features and marked acceleration of growth rate on hospitalization led to the correct diagnosis of emotional deprivation and short stature. These findings demonstrate that emotional deprivation may present with features of leprechaunism.

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