Menkes' kinky hair syndrome

Menkes' kinky hair syndrome

[men′kēz]
Etymology: John H. Menkes, American neurologist, 1928-2008; D, kinke, tight twist; AS, haer
a familial disorder affecting the normal absorption of copper from the intestine, characterized by the growth of sparse, kinky hair. Infants with the syndrome suffer cerebral degeneration, retarded growth, and early death. Early diagnosis and IV administration of copper may prevent irreversible damage.
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Determination of apoceruloplasmin by radioimmunoassay in nutritional copper deficiency, Menkes' kinky hair syndrome, Wilson's disease, and umbilical cord blood.
This paper will focus on two diseases associated with the essential trace element copper: Wilson's Disease (WD) and Menkes' Kinky Hair Syndrome (MKHS).
Copper deficiency has been documented in association with malnourished infants, premature infants, long term intravenous nutritional solutions, malabsorption syndromes, and in Menkes' Kinky Hair Syndrome (Burtis, Ashwood, & Bruns, 2006).