Scanning Microscopy


In many disorders with a genetic background the sparsity of scalp hairs may deter the clinician from trying to extract information from single hair fibres. Presenting a number of diverse conditions, we propose to show that simple measures can be taken in the doctor's office which makes single fibre analysis a useful tool for assessment of factors involved in genetic disorders including the integument and its appendages. The paper is focussed on the utilization of the scanning electron microscope with the goal of demonstrating that pertinent information can be gained where information from transmission electron microscopy and other techniques are not immediately available.

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