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Am J Med Genet. 2002 Aug 1;111(2):169-77.

Omodysplasia: an affected mother and son.

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  • 1Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.


We describe a second family with mother to son transmission of omodysplasia, a rare skeletal dysplasia characterized by shortened humeri, shortened first metacarpals and craniofacial dysmorphism. The mother in this family had been diagnosed previously with Robinow syndrome; subsequently, her diagnosis was reclassified. Her pregnancy was closely monitored antenatally with serial ultrasound examinations. Delayed ossification of the humerus was noted prenatally. Her son had ambiguous genitalia and similar skeletal manifestations as his mother. A comparison to other known and suspected cases of dominant omodysplasia is presented. Our observations confirm the existence of a dominant variant of omodysplasia, document genital hypoplasia as an important feature of this syndrome in males and highlight the need to differentiate this entity from Robinow syndrome.

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