Consultations & Comments: One More Cause of Poliosis

June 1, 2006

The April issue of Consultant For Pediatricians included a case of a 12-year-old girl with poliosis. The author, Bhagwan Das Bang, MD, noted that poliosis is associated with ocular chronic staphylococcal blepharitis, Waardenburg syndrome, Marfan syndrome, vitiligo, and Vogt-Koyanagi syndrome.

The April issue of Consultant For Pediatricians included a case of a 12-year-old girl with poliosis (Figure).1 The author, Bhagwan Das Bang, MD, noted that poliosis is associated with ocular chronic staphylococcal blepharitis, Waardenburg syndrome, Marfan syndrome, vitiligo, and Vogt-Koyanagi syndrome.

To that list, I would add tuberous sclerosis--also an important cause of poliosis.2,3

---- Alexander K. C. Leung, MD University of Calgary

References:

REFERENCES:


1.Das Bang B. Poliosis.

Consultant For Pediatricians.

2006;5:261.
2.Kandt RS. Tuberous sclerosis complex and neurofibromatosis type 1: the two most common neurocutaneous diseases.

Neurol Clin.

2003;21:983-1004.
3.Roach ES, Sparagana SP. Diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis complex.

J Child Neurol.

2004;19:643-649.