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Smith - Lemli Opitz Syndrome

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Smith - Lemli Opitz Syndrome

Prakash C. Vaghela, Naresh Gohel, Sonal Mehta.
Kalarav children hospital, Bhavnagar, India.
Vaghela P C, Gohel N, Mehta S. Smith-Lemli Opitz Syndrome. Pediatr Oncall J. 2008;5: 122.

Dr Prakash C Vaghela, Kalarav children hospital, Kushal neonatal nursery, Akar complex, Opp.Sir T Hospital, Bhavnagar- 364001 , Gujarat, India.

1day-Old boy, first in birth order born of 1st degree consanguineous marriage presented with respiratory distress syndrome. He was born at 30weeks, was a breech delivery and had a birth weight of 1.8kg. He cried after 5 minutes of birth. Parents had primary infertility of 8years.

On examination, weight was 1.8kg, length 40cm, and head circumference was 32cm. He had narrow frontal area, low set ears, inner epicanthal fold, broad nasal tip with anteverted nostril, micrognathia, simian crease, and ambiguous genitalia (micropenis, hypospadias, cryptorchidism and rudimentary vagina) and severe respiratory distress. Baby expired within 1 hour due to acute respiratory failure. He was diagnosed to have Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome on clinical grounds.

Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) is a multiple congenital anomalies/mental retardation (MCA/MR) syndrome. It is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of cholesterol metabolism where in the conversion of 7 dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) into cholesterol is disrupted leading to excessive accumulations of 7- DHC, 8-DHC and cholesterol deficiency. Mutations in the DHCR7 gene are responsible for SLOS. Spontaneous abortion, congenital heart diseases, death due to multiorgan failure in 1st week, failure to thrive, vomiting, constipation, hearing and visual loss may be present. Diagnosis is based on clinical and biochemical profile like low cholesterol and absent LDL cholesterol, karyotype and Ultrasound abdomen.

Cholesterol replacement forms the cornerstone in medical management and coexisting surgical condition may need appropriate evaluation and intervention.

Prenatal diagnosis by fetal ultrasound may revel multiple congenital anomalies, increased 7-DHC and mutation analysis in amniotic fluid or chorionic venous sampling, decrease maternal serum unconjugated estriol or other marker for triple test with normal karyotype. The unique presence of equine estriols in the maternal urine during pregnancy of a fetus affected by SLOS, potentially allows noninvasive prenatal screening for SLOS.
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Vaghela P C, Gohel N, Mehta S. Smith-Lemli Opitz Syndrome. Pediatr Oncall J. 2008;5: 122.
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