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Menkes syndrome

  • Alternative Names

    Steely hair disease; Menkes kinky hair syndrome; Kinky hair disease


    Treatment usually only helps when started very early in the course of the disease. Injections of copper into a vein or under the skin have been used with mixed results.

    Expectations (prognosis)

    Most persons with this condition die within the first few years of life.

    • Seizures
    • Death

    Calling your health care provider

    Talk to your health care provider if you have a family history of Menkes syndrome and you plan to have children. A baby with this condition will often show symptoms early in infancy.