Sunday, June 10, 2007

Severely deformed baby: a case of harlequin ichthyosis[probably]

The following video may be slightly disturbing to some of our readers. But this is a reality and is a case of medical condition known as harlequin ichthyosis [also, ichthyosis congenita or keratosis diffusa fetalis]


a skin disease, is the most severe form of congenital ichthyosis, characterized by a thickening of the keratin layer in fetal human skin. In sufferers of the disease, the skin contains massive, diamond-shaped scales. In addition, the eyes, ears, mouth, and other appendages may be abnormally contracted. The scaly keratin greatly limits the child's movement. Because the skin is cracked where normal skin would fold, it is easily pregnable by bacteria and other contaminants, resulting in serious risk of fatal infection.

Sufferers are known as harlequin fetuses, harlequin babies, or harlequins.
[from Wikipedia]
You can find more pictures and diagrams from medical records here.

2 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

Cool blog, i just randomly surfed in, but it sure was worth my time, will be back

Deep Regards from the other side of the Moon

Biby Cletus

Anonymous said...

Which place is this? Why this is caused?

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