Behavioural aspects of Pollitt syndrome: a 32-year follow-up of a case described by R. J. Pollitt and colleagues in 1968

J Intellect Disabil Res. 2002 Mar;46(Pt 3):273-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2788.2002.00369.x.


In 1968, R. J. Pollitt and colleagues described a syndrome characterized by abnormally brittle, sulphur-deficient hair (trichothiodystrophy), intellectual disability (ID) and growth retardation. One of the two siblings originally described by the above authors has recently been re-assessed by the present authors following a referral for advice about ritualistic behaviours. Her current clinical features are described, and the literature concerning trichothiodystrophy and ID is summarized.

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / diagnosis*
  • Abnormalities, Multiple / psychology
  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hair / abnormalities*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intellectual Disability / diagnosis*
  • Intellectual Disability / psychology
  • Nail Diseases / congenital
  • Nail Diseases / diagnosis
  • Personality Assessment
  • Social Behavior Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Social Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Syndrome