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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Other Names for this Disease
  • Nodose hair
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Overview


Monilethrix is a rare condition caused by a defect in the hair shaft resulting in hair which appears dry, dull, and brittle, and which breaks spontaneously or with mild trauma.  The age of onset, severity, and course may vary from person to person.[1]
Last updated: 1/30/2012

References

  1. Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF. Chapter 661 - Disorders of Hair. Kliegman: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 18th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, An Imprint of Elsevier; 2007;
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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss monilethrix. Click on the links below to go to OMIM and review these resources.
    http://omim.org/entry/158000
    http://omim.org/entry/252200!LINK!
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Monilethrix. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.