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Hay-Wells syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • AEC syndrome
  • Ankyloblepharon ectodermal defects cleft lip/palate
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Hay-Wells syndrome is a form of ectodermal dysplasia, a group of conditions characterized by abnormal development of ectodermal tissues including the skin, hair, nails, teeth, and sweat glands. The most common feature is missing patches of skin (erosions) on the scalp, neck, hands, and feet. The skin erosions can lead to infection, scarring, and hair loss. Other features include changes in skin coloring; misshapen or absent fingernails and toenails; malformed or missing teeth; increased sensitivity to heat; hearing loss; cleft lip and/or palate; and other facial abnormalities. This condition  is caused by mutations in the TP63 gene and is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.[1]

Last updated: 1/5/2012


  1. Ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-cleft lip/palate syndrome. Genetics Home Reference. June 2011; Accessed 1/5/2012.
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Basic Information

  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Hay-Wells syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

In Depth Information

  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Hay-Wells syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.