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Tangier disease
  1. R S Kocen
  1. 127 Willifield Way, London NW11 6XY, UK

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    With reference to the article entitled “Tangier disease—a diagnostic challenge in countries endemic for leprosy”,1 I should like to point out that the name “Tangier disease” originates from a small island in Chesapeake Bay, USA and not from Morocco as stated by the authors.

    The first case of this uncommon disease with neurological involvement was reported by Kocen et al in the Lancet in 19672 and by Engel3 from the USA soon after. Detailed neuropathology on this condition in our and one other case was reported by Kocen et al in 1973.4



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