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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 140-143

The child who felt no pain: A case of hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) type IV

Department of Dermatology and STD, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir, India

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Imran Majid
Shri, SMHS Hospital, Karan Nagar, Srinagar, Kashmir - 190 010
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DOI: 10.4103/2319-7250.143676

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Hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) is the term used to describe a group of inherited disorders that are associated with sensory dysfunction (reduced reflexes, altered pain and temperature perception) and varying degrees of autonomic dysfunction (gastro-esophageal reflux, postural hypotension, excessive sweating). Five different entities have been described under HSAN (types I-V) we report a case of HSAN IV in a one and a half year old female child, with the classical features of this disorder - insensitivity to pain, self mutilating behaviour, recurrent episodic fevers and anhidrosis.

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