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Generalized woolly hair with diventricular arrythmogenic cardiomyopathy: a rare variant of Naxos disease

  • Author(s): Dutta, Abhijit
  • Ghosh, Sudip Kumar
  • Majumder, Biswajit
  • Majumdar, Rahul
  • et al.
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Woolly hair may occur as an isolated problem of cosmetic concern or can be a part of a systemic disease (woolly hair syndrome) with underlying fatal cardiomyopathy. Two characteristic associations of woolly hair syndrome are Naxos disease and Carvajal syndrome. Naxos disease is characterized by woolly hair, palmoplantar keratoderma, and arrythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.In this report we describe a case of a young girl who presented with heart failure and was subsequently diagnosed as a case of generalized woolly hair with biventricular arrythmogenic cardiomyopathy.Our case represented a rare variant of Naxos disease in the advanced stage of arrythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy; biventricular failure may occur with involvement of the interventricular septum and left ventricle causing congestive heart failure.

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