Harlequin baby - Definition

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Harlequin baby disease is a hereditary disease also called fetal ichthyosis. It is a breach of the skin covering that appears at birth. Harlequin baby includes a very large and abnormal thickness of the skin over the entire surface of the body which forms a kind of shell. The shell is cracked and hard. The Harlequin baby's movements are limited and its orifices are blocked. The eyes and ears are not completed and the mouth is thick. Death occurs a few days after birth.