Diagnosing Ectodermal Dysplasia Syndromes in Babies

When it comes to understanding and diagnosing ectodermal dysplasia syndromes in children, parents play a crucial role. These genetic disorders affect 1 in 10,000 births. Some symptoms can be identified during pregnancy or at birth (especially if there is a family history), many only become noticeable during later stages of growth and development, like when…

Rapp Hodgkin and Hay Wells: The Same Disorder?

Yes! Rapp Hodgkin syndrome (RHS) and Hay Wells syndrome (HWS) were initially named after the physicians who first described the disorders in the literature in 1968 and 1976, respectively.  Both pairs of physicians described an ectodermal dysplasia characterized by hair, nail, limb, and tooth abnormalities, as well by facial clefts.  The only difference between the…