Harlequin babies

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    • #4710
      opuntia
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      I was wondering if it’s possible for a Harlequin baby to survive…i mean i have read a few articles on such babies and have seen that they die after one or two days of birth 😥 😥

    • #48855
      southernflaw
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      Yes. Although it is very rare, few babies will survive, given the proper care. I saw on Discovery Health the show called "My skin could Kill me" and it was about 4 girls born with Harlequin Ichthyosis. The oldest harlequin survivor is 18 years old, and still living. With presistant care those girls will continue on with their lives.

    • #48936
      opuntia
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      Wow, i didn’t know about that condition before, this year in Maldives a person gave birth to a Harlequin baby, i bet that was the first such baby ever born in here, and that baby died the day it was born.

    • #48952
      Amrik
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      wat is Harlequin?? hehe

    • #52413
      Revelark
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      quote Amrik:

      wat is Harlequin?? hehe

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlequin_fetus

    • #52575
      saadia
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      Harlequin type ichthyosis
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      Harlequin type ichthyosis ICD-10 Q80.4
      ICD-9 757.1
      Harlequin-type ichthyosis (also harlequin ichthyosis, ichthyosis congenita, or keratosis diffusa fetalis), the most severe form of congenital ichthyosis, is characterized by a thickening of the keratin layer in fetal human skin, appearing as massive, diamond-shaped scales. In addition, the eyes, ears, mouth, and other appendages may be abnormally contracted. The scaly keratin limits the child’s movement, and because it is cracked where normal skin would fold, it is easily pregnable by bacteria and other contaminants, resulting in a serious risk of fatal infection.

      Sufferers are known as harlequin fetuses, harlequin babies, or harlequins.

      The harlequin-type designation comes from both the baby’s apparent facial expression and the diamond-shape of the scales (resembling the costume of Arlecchino), which are caused by severe hyperkeratosis. Seventeenth century entertainers known as jesters, or harlequins, wore costumes with diamond patterns on them, as well as a particular style of face paint. The disease can be diagnosed in the womb by way of fetal skin biopsy.

    • #54071
      Haylee rae
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      I am doing some research on this disease, and i was wondering what are some of the treatments for this. I also saw the television production of "my skin could kill me"
      I am in a health, safety and nutrition class, and we were asked to research a disease, and this one interested me.

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