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Inheritance: autosomal recessive
Age at first appearance: skin changes may be present at birth; usually appear within the first year
Long-term course: scales generally get larger and darker with time and the erythema fades; mental retardation is non-progressive; neuromuscular deficits progress through puberty then stabilize
Diagnostic tests: biochemical measurements on skin fibroblasts; analysis of cellular DNA
Abnormal gene: fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase
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