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Boy diagnosed with rare skin disorder

Update: August, 30/2013 - 11:05

HCM CITY (VNS)— Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City yesterday announced the first-ever case of Vohwin syndrome, a rare skin disorder which can cause loss of limbs.

The patient, an 18-year-old boy from HCM City's Thu Duc District, had shown symptoms since he was 18 months old including thick, honeycomb-like calluses on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; and dry, scaly skin.

The patient was taken to the hospital a month ago after developing a serious infection and gangrenous hands and feet.

The hospital doctor, Thanh Thanh, said the rare disorder was caused by genes, with only 30 reported cases in the world.

The patient will remain in hospital as he undergoes treatment. — VNS

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