The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) provides the following list of features that have been reported in people with this condition. Much of the information in the HPO comes from Orphanet, a European rare disease database. If available, the list includes a rough estimate of how common a feature is (its frequency). Frequencies are based on a specific study and may not be representative of all studies. You can use the MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary for definitions of the terms below.
|Signs and Symptoms||Approximate number of patients (when available)|
|Abnormality of the heme biosynthetic pathway||90%|
|Abnormality of iron homeostasis||50%|
|Abnormality of temperature regulation||50%|
|Abnormality of the genital system||50%|
|Abnormality of the teeth||50%|
|Biliary tract abnormality||50%|
|Depressed nasal bridge||50%|
|Feeding difficulties in infancy||50%|
|Reduced bone mineral density||50%|
|Upslanted palpebral fissure||50%|
|Abnormality of color vision||7.5%|
|Abnormality of the thorax||7.5%|
|Bone marrow hypocellularity||7.5%|
|Elevated hepatic transaminases||7.5%|
|Neoplasm of the liver||7.5%|
|Primary adrenal insufficiency||7.5%|
|Sudden cardiac death||7.5%|
|Hypochromic microcytic anemia||-|
|Reduced beta/alpha synthesis ratio||-|
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