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Lethal skeletal dysplasia

Sara Bargiacchi, Matteo Della Monica, Roberto Biagiotti, Elena Andreucci, Serena Ciabattoni, Paolo Poggi, Marco Di Maurizio, Claudio Defilippi, Ettore Cariati, Sabrina Giglio
Prenatal diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias is particularly difficult for many reasons and differentiating these disorders in the prenatal period can be challenging because they are rare and many of the ultrasound findings are not necessarily pathognomonic for a specific disorder. The diagnosis is often made just after birth or exitus. The prenatal diagnosis of osteochondrodysplasias is based predominantly upon fetal ultrasound findings and it focuses substantially on the possible lethality of the disorder, without always being able to find a specific name for the disorder...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Reuven Sharony, Zvi Borochowitz, Lior Cohen, Atalia Storch, Revital Rosenfeld, Shira Modai, Eyal Reinstein
Metaphyseal anadysplasia (MANDP) is a rare autosomal recessive form of skeletal dysplasia characterized by normal length at birth and transitory bowing of the legs. Although several families with MANDP have been reported, homozygous mutations in the matrix metalloproteinase type 9 (MMP9) gene have been described in only one consanguineous family, and thus the pre and postnatal phenotypic spectrum is still obscure. A clinically similar but more severe type is caused by autosomal-dominant inheritance and is caused by mutations in matrix metalloproteinase type 13 gene (MMP13)(...
March 25, 2017: Clinical Genetics
Joanna Walczak-Sztulpa, Anna Wawrocka, Agata Sobierajewicz, Lukasz Kuszel, Jan Zawadzki, Ryszard Grenda, Anna Swiader-Lesniak, Beata Kocyla-Karczmarewicz, Anna Wnuk, Anna Latos-Bielenska, Krystyna H Chrzanowska
Sensenbrenner syndrome (cranioectodermal dysplasia, CED) is a very rare autosomal recessive ciliopathy. Cranioectodermal dysplasia is characterized by craniofacial, skeletal, and ectodermal abnormalities. About 50 patients have been described to date. Sensenbrenner syndrome belongs to a group of ciliary chondrodysplasias and is a genetically heterogeneous disorder. Mutations in five genes: IFT122, WDR35, IFT43, WDR19, and IFT52 have been associated with CED. All known genes encode proteins that are part of the intraflagellar transport complex, which plays an important role in the assembly and maintenance of cilia...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Minsun Jung, Sung-Hye Park
Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD), the most common lethal skeletal dysplasia, is a de novo genetic disease caused by a mutation in the fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) gene. "Thanatophoric" means "dead bearing" in Greek. Because FGFR3 is the main modulator of bone maturation, typical features of TD include short extremities, curved femur, clover-leaf skull, small narrow chest, and platyspondyly. TD can be classified into two subgroups according to the morphologic findings, with prominent curved femur suggesting type I TD (TD 1) and with marked clover-leaf skull and relatively straight long bones, favoring type II TD (TD 2)...
February 27, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Sheila Unger, Luisa Bonafé, Elvire Gouze
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review is to evaluate the management options for achondroplasia, the most common non-lethal skeletal dysplasia. This disease is characterized by short stature and a variety of complications, some of which can be quite severe. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite several attempts to standardize care, there is still no widely accepted consensus. This is in part due to absence of concrete data on the incidence of sudden unexplained death in infants with achondroplasia and the best investigation for ascertaining which individuals could benefit from foramen magnum decompression surgery...
February 21, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
Machiko Arita, Jolanta Fertala, Cheryl Hou, James Kostas, Andrzej Steplewski, Andrzej Fertala
Skeletal dysplasias form a group of skeletal disorders caused by mutations in macromolecules of cartilage and bone. The severity of skeletal dysplasias ranges from precocious arthropathy to perinatal lethality. Although the pathomechanisms of these disorders are generally well defined, the feasibility of repairing established aberrant skeletal tissues that developed in the presence of mutant molecules is currently unknown. Here, we employed a validated mouse model of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia (SED) that enables temporal control of the production of the R992C (p...
2017: PloS One
Kathryn S Milks, Lyndon M Hill, Keyanoosh Hosseinzadeh
Lethal skeletal dysplasias can be diagnosed by prenatal ultrasound (US) using several sonographic parameters. Degree of femoral shortening, lung volumes, femur length to abdominal circumference ratio, and chest circumference to abdominal circumference ratio are the most sensitive and specific predictors. Although there are more than 450 different skeletal dysplasias, only a few are lethal in the perinatal period. We review current fetal US literature and present an updated algorithmic approach to first establish lethality and, second, evaluate for hallmark sonographic features to help determine a specific diagnosis...
February 2017: Pediatric Radiology
Michael P Whyte, William H McAlister, Michael D Fallon, Mary Ella Pierpont, Vinieth N Bijanki, Shenghui Duan, Ghada A Otaify, William S Sly, Steven Mumm
In 1985, we briefly reported infant sisters with a unique, lethal, autosomal recessive disorder designated congenital sclerosing osteomalacia with cerebral calcification. In 1986, this condition was entered into Mendelian Inheritance In Man (MIM) as osteomalacia, sclerosing, with cerebral calcification (MIM 259660). However, no attestations followed. Instead, in 1989 Raine and colleagues published an affected neonate considering unprecedented the striking clinical and radiographic features. In 1992, "Raine syndrome" entered MIM formally as osteosclerotic bone dysplasia, lethal (MIM #259775)...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Luis F Goncalves, Julie A Berger, Jacqueline K Macknis, Samuel T Bauer, David A Bloom
Grebe dysplasia is a rare skeletal dysplasia characterized by severe acromesomelic shortening of the long bones in a proximal to distal gradient of severity, with bones of the hands and feet more severely affected than those of the forearms and legs, which in turn are more severely affected than the humeri and femora. In addition, the bones of the lower extremities tend to be more severely affected than the bones of the upper extremities. Despite the severe skeletal deformities, the condition is not lethal and surviving individuals can have normal intelligence...
January 2017: Pediatric Radiology
Charlotte J Marshall, Paul Arundel, Talat Mushtaq, Amaka C Offiah, Rebecca C Pollitt, Nicholas J Bishop, Meena Balasubramanian
Prompt and accurate diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias can play a crucial role in ensuring appropriate counseling and management (both antenatal and postnatal). When a skeletal dysplasia is detected during the antenatal period, especially early in the pregnancy, it can be associated with a poor prognosis. It is important to make a diagnosis in antenatal presentation of skeletal dysplasias to inform diagnosis, predict prognosis, provide accurate recurrence risks, and options for prenatal genetic testing in future pregnancies...
August 23, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Michael M Weinstein, Taekyu Kang, Ralph S Lachman, Michael Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Deborah Krakow, Daniel H Cohn
Dominant mutations in TRPV4, which encodes the Transient Receptor Potential Cation Channel Subfamily V Member 4 calcium channel, result in a series of musculoskeletal disorders that include a set of peripheral neuropathies and a broad phenotypic spectrum of skeletal dysplasias. The skeletal phenotypes range from brachyolmia, in which there is scoliosis with mild short stature, through perinatal lethal metatropic dysplasia. We describe a case with phenotypic findings consistent with metatropic dysplasia, but in whom no TRPV4 mutation was detected by Sanger sequence analysis...
December 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Shan Dan, Yuan Yuan, Yaoshen Wang, Chao Chen, Changxin Gao, Song Yu, Yan Liu, Wei Song, Asan, Hongmei Zhu, Ling Yang, Hongmei Deng, Yue Su, Xin Yi
BACKGROUND: Since the discovery of cell-free foetal DNA in the plasma of pregnant women, many non-invasive prenatal testing assays have been developed. In the area of skeletal dysplasia diagnosis, some PCR-based non-invasive prenatal testing assays have been developed to facilitate the ultrasound diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias that are caused by de novo mutations. However, skeletal dysplasias are a group of heterogeneous genetic diseases, the PCR-based method is hard to detect multiple gene or loci simultaneously, and the diagnosis rate is highly dependent on the accuracy of the ultrasound diagnosis...
2016: PloS One
Jenny E V Morton, Sophia Frentz, Tim Morgan, Andrew J Sutherland-Smith, Stephen P Robertson
Recently, a newly identified autosomal recessive skeletal dysplasia was described characterized by calvarial abnormalities (including cranium bifidum, coronal, and lambdoid synostosis), oligodactyly, femoral bowing, narrow thorax, small pelvic bones, and radiohumeral synostosis. In the two families described, a more severe phenotype led to in utero lethality in three siblings while in a single patient in a second family the phenotype was sufficiently mild to allow survival to 5 months of age. The disorder is caused by biallelic missense mutations in CYP26B1, which encodes for a cytochrome P450 enzyme responsible for the catabolism of retinoic acid in a temporally and spatially restricted fashion during embryonic development...
October 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Beth G Gibson, Michael D Briggs
The large chondroitin sulphated proteoglycan aggrecan (ACAN) is the most abundant non-collagenous protein in cartilage and is essential for its structure and function. Mutations in ACAN result in a broad phenotypic spectrum of non-lethal skeletal dysplasias including spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia, spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, familial osteochondritis dissecans and various undefined short stature syndromes associated with accelerated bone maturation. However, very little is currently known about the disease pathways that underlie these aggrecanopathies, although they are likely to be a combination of haploinsufficiency and dominant-negative (neomorphic) mechanisms...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Cori Feist, Paul Holden, Jamie Fitzgerald
This study aimed to identify the genetic basis of a severe skeletal lethal dysplasia. The main clinical features of two affected fetuses included short limbs with flared metaphyses, bowed radii, femora and tibiae, irregular ossification of hands and feet, and marked platyspondyly. Affected and nonaffected family members were subjected to whole-exome sequencing, followed by immunoblot analysis on amniocytes isolated from one of the affected individuals. Unique compound heterozygous variants in the inositol polyphosphate phosphatase-like 1 (INPPL1) gene encoding the SHIP2 protein were identified in both affected individuals...
October 2016: Clinical Dysmorphology
Manisha Kumar, Seema Thakur, Arunima Haldar, Rama Anand
PURPOSE: A fetus with skeletal disorder poses diagnostic challenges in a resource-poor setting with limited management options. The objective of the study was to develop a step-by-step approach for the diagnosis of skeletal dysplasia in light of the limited resources available. METHODS: An algorithmic approach was used. The assessment for lethality was the first step, followed by the evaluation for fractures. In cases without evidence of fracture, severe constriction of thorax or associated polydactyly were searched for...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Mehmet Sah İpek, Cihan Akgul Ozmen
Skeletal dysplasias are a heterogeneous group of conditions associated with various abnormalities of the skeleton. Some of them are perinatally lethal and can be diagnosed at birth. Lethality is usually due to thoracic underdevelopment and lung hypoplasia. A correct diagnosis and typing of the skeletal disorder is essential for the prognosis as is genetic counseling of the family. A retrospective review of 12 cases of clinico-radiologic diagnosis of skeletal dysplasia, leading to thoracic insufficiency, was conducted...
April 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jillian P Casey, Kieran Brennan, Noemie Scheidel, Paul McGettigan, Paul T Lavin, Stephen Carter, Sean Ennis, Huw Dorkins, Neeti Ghali, Oliver E Blacque, Margaret M Mc Gee, Helen Murphy, Sally Ann Lynch
Skeletal dysplasias are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of bone and cartilage disorders. Whilst >450 skeletal dysplasias have been reported, 30% are genetically uncharacterized. We report two Irish Traveller families with a previously undescribed lethal skeletal dysplasia characterized by fetal akinesia, shortening of all long bones, multiple contractures, rib anomalies, thoracic dysplasia, pulmonary hypoplasia and protruding abdomen. Single nucleotide polymorphism homozygosity mapping and whole exome sequencing identified a novel homozygous stop-gain mutation in NEK9 (c...
May 1, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Manisha Sharma, Jyoti, Rekha Jain, Devendra
Thanatophoric Dysplasia (TD) is a congenital, sporadic and the most lethal skeletal dysplasia caused by new mutation in the FGFR3 gene. At birth, it is characterized by shortening of the limbs (micromelia), small conical thorax, platyspondyly (flat vertebral bodies) and macrocephaly. TD is divided into two clinically defined subtypes: type I and II with some clinical overlap between the two subtypes. They can be differentiated by the skull shape and femur morphology. Ultrasound examination in the second trimester is often straight forward in diagnosing the congenital anomaly...
November 2015: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Makoto Kimura, Satoki Ichimura, Kuniaki Sasaki, Hiroshi Masuya, Tomohiro Suzuki, Shigeharu Wakana, Shiro Ikegawa, Tatsuya Furuichi
In humans, mutations in the COL2A1 gene encoding the α1(II) chain of type II collagen, create many clinical phenotypes collectively termed type II collagenopathies. However, the mechanisms generating this diversity remain to be determined. Here we identified a novel Col2a1 mutant mouse line by screening a large-scale N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutant mouse library. This mutant possessed a p.Tyr1391Ser missense mutation in the C-propeptide coding region, and this mutation was located in positions corresponding to the human COL2A1 mutation responsible for platyspondylic lethal skeletal dysplasia, Torrance type (PLSD-T)...
December 4, 2015: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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