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Harlequin Ichthyosis is an inherited skin disorder which is severe, rare and has no cure. This disorder affects the way skin regenerates. Babies born with this disorder have thick skin which has diamond shaped plates. In addition to distorting facial features this skin disorder can affect the shape of the nose, mouth and ears.
HOW IS HARLEQUIN ICHTHYOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Paediatricians can diagnose Harlequin Ichthyosis through physical evaluation of the infant. Genetic testing is the most specific testing for Harlequin Ichthyosis.
HOW IS HARLEQUIN ICHTHYOSIS TREATED?
The treatment of Harlequin Ichthyosis is limited and includes putting the baby in a humid environment, providing constant moisture and also keeping the place clean and hygienic to avoid infections. This is not a fatal problem but it reduces the lifespan of the infected child.
DID YOU KNOW?
With improved treatments it is now possible for some babies born with this disorder to survive to childhood and even adulthood.