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Karnataka Doctor Discovers Rare Disorder

In a proud moment for the Indian research community, a rare congenital condition is set to be named after a Karnataka doctor. It’ll be called Nallegowda Syndrome.

Dr Mallikarjun Nallegowda, from Holalkere in Chitradurga district, studied in Bangalore Medical College in the 1990s and is currently working in Colorado, US. He is said to be the first doctor to notice and write about a rare congenital disorder, whose characteristics are missing hand bones, absence of a thumb, presence of two urethras, increased distance between the eyes and an unusual location of kidney and heart.

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