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piebaldism

Pronunciation: pi-bawld'izm

Definition: Patchy absence of the pigment of scalp hair, giving a streaked appearance; patches of vitiligo may be present in other areas due to absence of melanocytes; often transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait caused by mutation in the KIT protooncogene on 4q and may be associated with neurologic defects [MIM*172850] or eye changes [MIM*172870].

Synonym(s): cutaneous albinism, piebald skin, piebaldness

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