oa South African Medical Journal - Gargoylism
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Paediatrics, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory, C.P.|
|Publication Date||Oct 1951|
|Pages||725 - 730|
|Keyword(s)||Familial incidence, Gargoylism and Transmission|
Gargoylism is a condition in children characterized by a large head, resting on a very short neck, with coarse features and corneal haziness. The abdomen is distended by a large liver and spleen, and an umbilical hernia is often present. A dorsa-lumbar kyphosis and limbs which appear too short for the body, with some limitation of full extension at the joints, in a mentally deficient child who may also be deaf, complete the picture in this most remarkable disease. A review of the literature is made to bring out the historical clinical and pathological features of gargoylism, and a report of a case of this condition is presented.
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