In 8 out of 25 children with a mitochondrial disorder, slow growing, sparse and fragile hair was observed as an early sign of their disease. Microscopic examination of the hair showed the presence of trichorrhexis nodosa and pili torti. Hair abnormalities can be added to the wide clinical spectrum of mitochondrial disorders. CONCLUSION: Microscopic hair examination is an easy, first level diagnostic tool that can lead to a suspected mitochondrial defect in the early stages of the disease, before symptoms of progressive multi-organ involvement develop.

Hair anomalies as a sign of mitochondrial disease.

CIRILLO, Margherita;SPADA, MARCO;FERRERO, Giovanni Battista;
2003

Abstract

In 8 out of 25 children with a mitochondrial disorder, slow growing, sparse and fragile hair was observed as an early sign of their disease. Microscopic examination of the hair showed the presence of trichorrhexis nodosa and pili torti. Hair abnormalities can be added to the wide clinical spectrum of mitochondrial disorders. CONCLUSION: Microscopic hair examination is an easy, first level diagnostic tool that can lead to a suspected mitochondrial defect in the early stages of the disease, before symptoms of progressive multi-organ involvement develop.
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Hair abnormalities; Mitochondrial disease; Pili torti; Trichorrhexis nodosa
Silengo M; Valenzise M; Spada M; Ferrero GB; Ferraris S; Dassi P; Jarre L.
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