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Erythrokeratodermia with Ataxia


Synonyms of Erythrokeratodermia with Ataxia
  • Giroux Barbeau Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Erythrokeratodermia with ataxia (EKDA) is a hereditary disorder of the skin and nervous system (neurocutaneous syndrome) characterized by groups of hard, red plaques that develop during infancy and childhood. When these skin lesions heal, the disorder seems to become dormant for several years, after which the neurological symptoms and signs emerge in the form of a typically awkward gait (ataxia) when the affected individual is around 40 years of age or older.

    Many researchers active in the study of the family of diseases known as the ichthyoses consider EKDA to be a variant of an ichthyotic disorder, erythrokeratodermia variabilis (EKDV). However, there is no general consensus on this at this time.

    Organizations related to Erythrokeratodermia with Ataxia
    • Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types
      1364 Welsh Road G2
      North Wales PA 19454
      Phone #: 215-619-0670
      800 #: 800-545-3286
      e-mail: info@scalyskin.org
      Home page: http://www.scalyskin.org
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
    • National Registry for Ichthyosis and Related Disorders
      University of Washington
      Seattle WA 98195-6524
      Phone #: 206-616-3179
      800 #: 800-595-1265
      e-mail: ichreg@u.washington.edu
      Home page: http://www.skinregistry.org



    For a Complete Report

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