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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 56-58

Monilethrix: A rare case diagnosed by dermoscopy

Department of Dermatology, Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College and General Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr Aditya Rajendra Holani
Department of Dermatology, Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College, Narhe, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijpd.IJPD_78_19

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Monilethrix is a rare genodermatosis characterized by hair shaft dysplasia, which is responsible for hypotrichosis. We present the case of a 2-year-old female, with involvement of the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes, in whom dermoscopy enabled a rapid diagnosis of monilethrix. Dermoscopy revealed the zones of intermittent constriction of the hair shaft, separated by elliptical nodes at regular intervals, giving the appearance of a characteristic “regularly bended ribbon” sign. This helped in differentiating it from pseudomonilethrix and other causes of hypotrichosis.

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