There are a number of hereditary disorders associated with the presence of silvery hair.

Conditions associated with silvery grey hair:

(1) Chediak-Higashi Syndrome

(2) Griscelli Syndrome

(3) Elejalde Syndrome


Pigment dilution (partial oculocutaneous albinism) may be present.


All 3 conditions show an autosomal recessive inheritance.


Chediak-Higashi Syndrome and Griscelli Syndrome have an immunodeficiency. No immune defect is seen with Elejalde Syndrome.


It is necessary to exclude any artificial hair coloring.

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