Dirk M J de Raeymaecker

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We report a retrospective study of 209 patients presenting with alopecia areata (AA) at our skin department during the period 1969-1987, with special reference to possible associations, aetiological factors and the relevance of additional investigations. The patients were divided into two groups: (I) those in whom AA developed during childhood; (II) those(More)
Several aspects of trichotillomania in childhood are described and discussed. Case records of twenty-one children not older than 15 years of age, who were seen in the previous 5 years, were examined. The female/male ratio was 2.5:1 (fifteen girls and six boys); the age range was 2 to 15 years. Although trichotillomania may, at first sight, often impress as(More)
The sensorimotor developmental phase, leading to a gradual acquisition of skilled actions, is of crucial importance for the young child and its growing sense of competence. Three vital steps in motor development are mentioned: first, the smooth and spontaneous movements of the "graceful and elegant" baby, expression of his well-being and vitality, with(More)
Alopecia areata is a hair disease of unknown origin characterized by the sudden appearance of one or more bald patches. This disorder may develop in adults as well as in children. In childhood there is often an association with atopy. Most investigators feel that alopecia areata is an auto-immune phenomenon with heterogeneous aetiology. This article deals(More)
"Very low birth weight" and "Dissociation of Maturation" are two conditions with great impact on the sensori-motor development. Data from our own research into the development of VLBW infants, clinical experience and insight, taken from the scientific literature, are the starting-point for intellectual reflexion on the significance of motor development for(More)
In order to explore the influence of an isolated congenital hand malformation on psychomotor development, we performed an exploratory, observational study on 18 children with triphalangeal thumbs. The investigative procedure consisted of a hand function examination, a semi-structured interview with the mother about the development of the child, the(More)
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