Ablepharon-macrostomia syndrome in a 46-year-old woman

Authors

  • Francesco Brancati,

    1. CSS Hospital, IRCCS, San Giovanni Rotondo and CSS-Mendel Institute, Rome, Italy
    2. Department of Experimental Medicine and Pathology, University “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy
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  • Rita Mingarelli,

    1. Department of Experimental Medicine and Pathology, University “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy
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  • Anna Sarkozy,

    1. CSS Hospital, IRCCS, San Giovanni Rotondo and CSS-Mendel Institute, Rome, Italy
    2. Department of Experimental Medicine and Pathology, University “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy
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  • Bruno Dallapiccola

    Corresponding author
    1. CSS Hospital, IRCCS, San Giovanni Rotondo and CSS-Mendel Institute, Rome, Italy
    2. Department of Experimental Medicine and Pathology, University “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy
    • University of Rome “La Sapienza,” C.S.S. Mendel Institute, Viale Regina Margherita, 261, I-00198 Rome, Italy.
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Abstract

Ablepharon-macrostomia syndrome (AMS) is a rare condition reported to date in 13 patients worldwide. AMS is characterized by absent or short eyelids, absent eyebrows and eyelashes, macrostomia, and external ear abnormalities. Additional features include alopecia or sparse hair, hypoplastic malar region, redundant skin, rudimentary nipples, abnormal genitalia. While the AMS phenotype is well delineated in infants and children, clinical manifestations are rather poorly characterized in adulthood. Here, we report on an Italian woman who received a diagnosis of AMS at the age of 46 years after several surgical treatments. A clinical comparison between our patient and previously reported AMS cases aids in delineating the adult phenotype of AMS and further broadens the clinical spectrum of this condition. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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