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Bahima disease

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Disturbance with main picture of tower-shaped skull, seen in African children who are exclusively fed a diet of cow's milk.

Description

Occurs in Africa. Characterised by (1) tower-shaped skull, (2) X ray pictures showing the hair seemingly on the edge and dilatation of diploe, and (3) no signs of thalassaemia, sickle cell or other haemolytic anaemia. This has been said to be due to iron deficiency in children who are exclusively fed a diet of cow's milk. It occurs in the Hamitic Bahima people in Uganda.

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