Aarskog syndrome or Aarskog–Scott syndrome (also known as the facio-digito-genital syndrome) is a rare anomaly characterized by short stature in association with a variety of structural anomalies involving mainly the face, distal extremities, and external genitalia.
Aase-Smith syndrome (or Aase syndrome) is an extremely rare congenital disorder characterized by anemia and skeletal deformity.
Aase-Smith syndrome has a prevalence of less than 1 per 1,000,000 persons. There have only been 20 reported cases
Acardius anephus is a morphologic subtype of an acardiac twin in the twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence. In this entity, no cephalic or structures are present, but the lower limbs are preserved. This is the most common subtype, seen in 60-75% of cases1.
Achondrogenesis refers to a group of rare and extreme skeletal dysplasias.
The estimated incidence is 1:40,000 with no recognized gender predilection.
It is classified as an osteochondrodysplasia, meaning deficiency of both bone and cartilage development.
Acrocephalosyndactyly syndromes (ACS) are a rare group of disorders collectively characterized by:
calvarial anomalies, e.g. craniosynostoses
digital anomalies, e.g. syndactyly
While there can be some overlap in features, they can be primarily classified into the following maj...
The Adams-Oliver syndrome (AOS) is a rare disorder characterized by aplasia cutis congenita (missing hair and/or skin) and variable degrees of terminal transverse limb defects.
polymicrogyria: can be associated with a variant of Adams-Oliver syndrome 3
Amelia refers to a skeletal dysplasia characterized by the complete agenesis of an upper or lower extremity or all four limbs. It may be associated with other congenital anomalies, i.e. omphalocele and diaphragmatic hernias 3.
Amelia is a very rare congenital anomaly with an incid...
Amniotic band syndrome (ABS) comprises of a wide spectrum of abnormalities, all of which result from entrapment of various fetal body parts in a disrupted amnion. Due to the randomness of entrapment, each affected individual has the potential to form a unique deficit.
Apert syndrome (also known as type I acrocephalosyndactyly) is a syndrome that is predominantly characterized by skull and limb malformations.
The estimated incidence is 1 case per 65-80,000 pregnancies.
increased paternal age has been proposed 6
Asphyxiating thoracic dysplasia, also known as Jeune syndrome, is a type of rare short limb skeletal dysplasia, which is primarily characterized by a constricted long narrow thoracic cavity, cystic renal dysplasia and characteristic skeletal features. It is also sometimes classified as one of th...
Asymmetric ventriculomegaly, interhemispheric cyst, and dysgenesis of the corpus callosum (AVID) is a triad of congenital cerebral anomalies.
markedly asymmetric enlargement of the lateral ventricles may be the initial finding on routine fetal morphology ultrasound.
Atelosteogenesis refers to a heterogeneous group of lethal skeletal dysplasias that are characterized by aplasia/hypoplasia of the humeri, femora and spine.
atelosteogenesis type I (boomerang dysplasia)
atelosteogenesis type II
atelosteogenesis type III 4
Barth syndrome (BTHS), also known as 3-methylglutaconic aciduria type II, is an extremely rare X-linked multisystem disorder that is usually diagnosed in infancy.
Barth syndrome has an estimated prevalence of 1 in 300,000-400,000 live births.
It is characte...
Camptodactyly arthropathy coxa vara pericarditis (CACP) syndrome is a rare condition principally characterized by
congenital or early-onset camptodactyly and childhood-onset non-inflammatory arthropathy
coxa vara deformity or other dysplasia associated with progressive hip disease
Carpenter syndrome, also called acrocephalopolysyndactyly type II (ACPS type II) is an extremely rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder.
It is characterized by a number of features which include:
CHILD (congenital hemidysplasia with ichthyosiform erythroderma and limb defects) syndrome comprises:
Ch: congenital hemidysplasia
I: ichthyosiform erythroderma
develops at or shortly after birth
unilateral erythema and scaling, with a distinct demarcation in the middle of the trunk 2
There are a large number of recognized chromosomal anomalies (many with eponyms). When there is a change in the absolute number of chromosomes these are subgrouped as aneuploidic anomalies.
They can cause a variable degree of disability with outcomes ranging from no effect (in some balanced tra...
Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome or sequence (CHAOS) refers to a rare, often lethal, congenital laryngotracheal condition and is primarily characterized by obstruction to the fetal upper airway.
CHAOS can be of three possible types 2:
complete laryngeal atresia without an...
Crouzon syndrome is rare disorder characterized by premature craniosynostoses.
abnormal calvarial shape: in severe case can give a "cloverleaf skull"
shallow orbits with exophthalmos
mid facial hypoplasia
It carries an autosomal dominant...
The Currarino syndrome is a complex condition variably comprised of characteristic congenital anomalies of the sacrum, anorectum and presacral soft tissues. It is also known as the Currarino triad or ASP triad, however, not all three features are always present 6.
anorectal malformation or con...
Dandy-Walker variant (DWv) is a less severe posterior fossa anomaly than the classic Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM) and is considered being on the lesser end of the disease spectrum in the Dandy-Walker continuum.
This term was created to include those malformations that do not mee...
Duane radial ray syndrome (DRRS) (also known as the Okihiro syndrome) is a rare an autosomal dominant condition characterized by radial ray defects and a Duane anomaly (a form of strabismus with horizontal gaze palsy).
Ectrodactyly-ectrodermal dysplasia-clefting (EEC) syndrome is a rare genetic syndrome that has high clinical variability but typically comprises of the triad of
ectrodactyly +/- syndactyly 1 +/- polydactyly 5
facial clefts: cleft lip and/or palate
Edwards syndrome, also known as trisomy 18, along with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and Patau syndrome (trisomy 13), make up the only three autosomal trisomies to be compatible with extrauterine life in non-mosaic forms, albeit in the case of Edward syndrome only for a week or so.
The fetal head sparing theory is one that underpins asymmetrical intra-uterine growth restriction, where the difference between normal head circumference and decreased abdominal circumference is attributed to the fetus's ability to preferentially supply the cerebral, coronary, adrenal and spleni...
Fowler syndrome, also known as proliferative vasculopathy and hydranencephaly-hydrocephaly syndrome (PVHH), is a rare inherited condition.
Not to be confused with Fowler syndrome of urinary retention, a condition caused by primary failure of urethral sphincter relaxation resulting ...
Fraser syndrome is an extremely rare congenital syndromic anomaly.
The estimated incidence is at around 0.04:10,000 live-born infants and 1:10,000 stillbirths.
The syndromic spectrum can comprise of:
syndactyly: often cutaneous
Freeman Sheldon syndrome (FSS), also known as distal arthrogryposis type IIa, is a congenital condition where multiple joint contractures are a key feature. Affected individuals are known to have a characteristic facial expression resembling that of a whistling face and hence the syndrome is als...
Frontonasal dysplasia, also known as median cleft face syndrome, is a rare disorder characterized by midline defects involving the face, head, and central nervous system.
Frontonasal dysplasia is considered to be a very rare condition, with approximately 100 cases having been repo...
Goldenhar syndrome, also known as oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (OAVS), Goldenhar-Gorlin syndrome or facio-auriculo-vertebral dysplasia, is a complex congenital anomaly characterized by abnormalities of the ears, eyes and vertebrae.
The estimated incidence is at 1 in 3000-5000...
Goodman syndrome is a type of acrocephalopolysyndactyly (often considered type IV). It is an extremely rare genetic disorder characterized by marked malformations of the head and face, abnormalities of the hands and feet, and congenital heart disease. The syndrome is inherited as an autosomal re...
The Greig cephalopolysyndactyly syndrome (GCPS) is a rare pleiotropic, multiple congenital anomaly syndrome. It is primarily characterized by:
preaxial polydactyly (most common 2) or
mixed pre- and postaxial polydactyly
true ocular hypertelorism
HELLP syndrome is a pregnancy-related condition and is an abbreviation for:
elevated liver enzymes and
It is considered a severe and life-threatening form of pre-eclampsia although it can occur without co-existing pre-eclampsia.
The estimated inciden...
Herlyn-Werner-Wunderlich (HWW) syndrome, is a rare anomaly characterized by Müllerian duct anomalies (MDA) associated with mesonephric duct anomalies 3. This entity is also known as obstructed hemivagina and ipsilateral renal anomaly (OHVIRA). It is not to be confused with the Wunderlich syndrom...
Hydrolethalus syndrome is a rare lethal genetic syndrome characterized by multiple developmental defects of fetus which include
cleft lip + / - palate
agenesis of the corpus callosum
absent midline stru...
Hypophosphatasia refers to a rare metabolic disorder characterized by deficient serum alkaline phosphatase activity. The effects of hypophosphatasia are primarily seen in the skeletal system. The condition has marked variation in clinical expression (see subtypes).
The true incide...
The Jarcho-Levin syndrome (JLS) or spondylothoracic dysostosis is a rare autosomal recessive heterogeneous disorder that can occur with variable severity. Previously the condition spondylocostal dysostosis was also considered as part of the JLS spectrum but is now considered a distinct pathologi...
Juberg-Hayward syndrome (JHS), also known as the oro-cranio-digital syndrome, is a rare autosomal recessive syndrome characterized by the association of the following:
cleft lip and palate
minor vertebral and rib anomalies 4
horseshoe kidneys 4
Larsen syndrome (LS) is an extremely rare disorder, often classified as a type of osteochondrodysplasia.
The estimated incidence is thought to be at ~ 1 in 100,000 people. There may be an increased female predilection.
It is characterized by many features i...
Lethal omphalocele-cleft palate syndrome is, as the name suggests, characterized by the association of omphalocele and cleft palate.
Prevalence is assumed to be <1 per 1,000,000. It has been postulated that this syndrome is likely to be an autosomal recessive condition 1.
History and etymolog...
Lowe syndrome, also known as the oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe, is a multisystem disorder characterized by anomalies primarily affecting the eyes, nervous system, and kidneys.
It is an extremely rare, pan-ethnic disease, with an estimated prevalence in the general population ...
Marshall-Smith syndrome (MSS) is a rare genetic syndrome primarily comprising the triad of facial dysmorphism, failure to thrive and accelerated osseous maturation 5. Many cases, however, have a wider clinical spectrum.
failure to thrive
McKusick Kaufman syndrome (MKS) is an autosomal recessive multiple malformation syndrome primarily characterized by
hydrometrocolpos - vaginal atresia
congenital heart disease
Meckel-Gruber syndrome (MGS) is classically characterized by the triad of:
renal cystic dysplasia: multiple renal cysts (present most cases)
occipital encephalocoele/holoprosencephaly (~70%)
postaxial polydactyly: usually hexadactyly (~65%)
Additional hepatic developmental defects and hepati...
Megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS) (also known as the Berdon syndrome) is a rare congenital disorder characterized by a dilated non-obstructive urinary bladder and hypoperistalsis of the gastrointestinal tract.
There is recognized strong female predi...
Mendelson syndrome or peptic pneumonia refers to acute chemical pneumonitis caused by the aspiration of stomach contents in patients under general anesthesia.
This syndrome develops rapidly (2-12 hours after aspiration) and within hours the patient may become
The Nager syndrome (also known as acrofacial dysostosis) is a rare congenital syndrome primarily characterized by facial and skeletal features
Recognized features include:
lower lid ptosis
Neu-Laxova syndrome is a lethal autosomal recessive multiple malformation syndrome with a heterogeneous phenotype.
The clinical spectrum can be quite wide and includes:
dermal / cutaneous
severe skin restriction
decreased fetal movement
Noonan syndrome (NS) is a genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous non-aneuploidic congenital RASopathy. Affected individuals can bear some clinical features similar to that of Turner syndrome.
The estimated incidence is at ~1 in 1000-2500 10. As individuals have normal numbe...
Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines, previously known as LEOPARD syndrome (LS), is a rare autosomal dominant RASopathy that has many similarities to Noonan syndrome.
Despite a change in formal name, the 'LEOPARD' acronym is still useful to summarize the clinical feat...
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a complication of ovarian stimulation treatment (ovarian induction therapy) for in vitro fertilisation. Rarely, it may also occur as a spontaneous event in pregnancy (see spontaneous ovarian hyperstimulation later in the article).
The clinical syndrom...
Pallister-Killian syndrome (PKS) is an extremely rare chromosomal anomaly.
It may be more prevalent in births from women of advanced age 4.
Phenotypic expression can significantly vary from multiple anomalies resulting in perinatal death to the more charact...
Patau syndrome (also known as trisomy 13) is considered the 3rd commonest autosomal trisomy.
Patau syndrome along with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and Edward syndrome (trisomy 18) are the only three trisomies to be compatible with extrauterine life. However, few infants live more than a few days...
Polydactyly (less commonly called hyperdactyly) refers to the situation where there are more than the usual number of digits (five) in a hand or foot. It can be broadly classified as:
preaxial polydactyly: extra digit(s) towards the thumb/hallux (radially)
postaxial polydactyly: extra digit(s)...
Post-axial polydactyly refers to polydactyly where the additional digit is on the ulnar margin of the hand, or lateral to the 5th (little) toe.
Post-axial polydactyly is more common than preaxial polydactyly, with an estimated incidence of 1 in 3000 5.
Roberts syndrome, also known as Roberts-SC phocomelia syndrome, pseudothalidomide syndrome, or Appelt-Gerken-Lenz syndrome, is a rare congenital malformation syndrome.
intrauterine growth restriction
postnatal growth retardation
failure to thrive
Robinow syndrome is a rare heterogeneous genetic disorder with at least two distinct forms.
The syndrome can affect several systems, including:
mesomelic limb shortening: mesomelia
characteristic facies anomalies
Rothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS) is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder with heterogeneous clinical features.
It is characterized by many features which include:
poikiloderma: characteristic rash, typically develops in infancy
sparse hair, eyelashes, and/or ey...
Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RTS) is a very rare genetic multi-system disorder primarily characterized by intellectual disability, broad and often angulated thumbs and halluces, and distinctive facial features.
The estimated incidence is 1 in 100,000-125,000 live births 5.
Russell-Silver dwarfism is a very rare syndrome characterized by:
intrauterine growth restriction: tends to give an asymmetrical IUGR
postnatal growth restriction
relatively large calvarium: pseudohydrocephalus
clinodactyly/clinobrachydactyly of the small finger
a typical triangular type fa...
SADDAN syndrome is an acronym for severe achondroplasia with developmental delay and acanthosis nigricans. It is an extremely rare condition, and as the name states, comprises a combination of skeletal, brain and cutaneous anomalies.
The syndrome results from a mutation in ...
The Sakati-Nyhan syndrome, also known as Sakati-Nyhan-Tisdale syndrome or acrocephalosyndactly type III, is an extremely rare type of acrocephalopolysyndactyly.
Its main features include:
congenital limb abnormalities
congenital heart defects
History and etymology
Seckel syndrome is an autosomal recessive congenital dwarfing disorder.
The estimated incidence is ~1:10,000. There is no recognized gender predilection.
It is clinically characterized by many features including:
intrauterine growth restriction
Short rib polydactyly syndrome(s) (SRPS) comprise a rare group of severe osteochondrodysplasias. There are four major recognized types present:
type I: Saldino-Noonan type
type II:: Majewski type
type III: Verma-Naumoff type
type IV: Beemer-Langer type
There may also be other very rare type...
SHORT syndrome refers to an acronym which primarily comprises of the following features:
S: short stature
H: hyperextensibility of joints and/or inguinal hernia
O: ocular depression
R: Rieger anomaly
T: teething delay
In addition to these there can be numerous associated minor features whi...
Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) also known as 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase deficiency is an inborn error of cholesterol synthesis.
The estimated incidence is at 1:20000-40000 live births. Prevalence may be greater in Nordic countries.
There are many wh...
Spondylocostal dysostosis (SCDO) is a rare condition characterized by short-trunk dwarfism secondary to developmental anomalies of the vertebrae and ribs. Previously the condition Jarcho-Levin syndrome (also known as spondylothoracic dysostosis) was grouped together with spondylocostal dysostosi...
Stickler syndrome refers to a group of disorders primarily affecting connective tissue.
Several gene mutations have been identified dependent on specific subtypes which include:
Stickler syndrome type I: COL2A1
Stickler syndrome type II: COL9A1
Stickler syndrome type III: COL11A1
Thanatophoric dysplasia is a lethal skeletal dysplasia. It is the most common lethal skeletal dysplasia followed by osteogenesis imperfecta type II.
The estimated incidence is around 1:25,000-50,000 3.
It results from a mutation coding for the fibroblast gro...
Thrombocytopenia with absent radius (TAR) syndrome is primarily characterized by the following two features:
absent fetal radii (bilaterally) with the presence of both thumbs
The condition is extremely rare with an estimated incidence of 0.4 per 100,000 bi...
The trisomies are chromosomal anomalies which usually occur due to non-disjunction. The vast majority of affected fetuses are spontaneously aborted, often very early during gestation. Only three are compatible with extrauterine life (T13, T18, T21), and only one beyond early infancy (T21).
Trisomy 8 mosaicism or Warkany syndrome is less severe variant of trisomy 8 and individuals with a low proportion of affected cells may exhibit a comparatively mild range of physical abnormalities and developmental delay. They are more likely to survive into childhood and adulthood but can exhib...
Turner syndrome, also known as 45XO or 45X, is the most common of the sex chromosome abnormalities in females.
The incidence is estimated at 1:2000-5000 of live births, although the in utero rate is much higher (1-2% of conceptions) due to a significant proportion of fetuses with...
Twin embolization syndrome (TES) is a rare complication of a monozygotic twin pregnancy following an in utero demise of the co-twin.
It was traditionally thought to result from the passage of thromboplastic material into the circulation of the surviving twin which causes ischemic str...
Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a potential complication that can occur in a monochorionic (either MCDA or MCMA) twin pregnancy.
This complication can occur in ~10% (range 15-25%) of monochorionic pregnancies giving an estimated prevalence of ~1:2000 of all pregnancie...
VACTERL is an acronym that describes a non-random constellation of congenital anomalies. It is not a true syndrome as such and is equivalent to the VATER anomaly.
The estimated incidence is 1 in 10,000-40,000 births 3.
The acronym VACTERL derives from:
V: vertebral an...
Walker-Warburg syndrome (WWS), sometimes known as HARDE syndrome, is an extremely rare lethal form of congenital muscular dystrophy. It is primarily characterized by:
fetal hydrocephalus: almost always present
neuronal migrational anomalies: agyria (cobblestone lissencephaly / lissencephaly ty...
Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) is an extremely rare chromosomal anomaly characterized by partial deletion of the p arm of chromosome 4 (4p16.3).
There is a large clinical spectrum:
agenesis of the corpus callosum