The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 71, Issue 2, pp 173–175 | Cite as

Griscelli syndrome

  • Sanjeev Rath
  • Vivek Jain
  • R. K. MarwahaEmail author
  • Amita Trehan
  • L. S. Rajesh
  • Vijay Kumar
Clinical Brief


An eight month old male infant presented with recurrent infections and partial albinism. Initially a possibility of Chediak Higashi syndrome (CHS) was considered, but a negative investigative work up prompted us to look for an alternate diagnosis. A literature search revealed that Griscelli syndrome (GS) has overlapping symptoms and signs. The findings in skin and hair biopsies in Griscelli syndrome are distinctive.

Key words

Partial albinism Pigmentary dilution Hemophagocytosis Immuno-deficiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjeev Rath
    • 2
  • Vivek Jain
    • 2
  • R. K. Marwaha
    • 2
    Email author
  • Amita Trehan
    • 2
  • L. S. Rajesh
    • 1
  • Vijay Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1.department of PathologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.I/CDivision of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Advanced Pediatric CentrePostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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