Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome
- Gorlin-Goltz Syndrome
- Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome
- Multiple Basal Cell Nevi, Odontogenic Keratocysts, And Skeletal Anomalies
- Gorlin syndrome
Your QuestionCan this syndrome be accompanied by other problems? Can a child's large body size and abnormal face shape have something to do with this? What are the effects in the long run?
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Signs and symptoms in affected people may include:
- large head size (macrocephaly), large forehead (bossing of the forehead), coarse facial features, and/or facial milia (bumps on the skin that look like clogged pores or whiteheads)
- skeletal abnormalities of the ribs and/or spine (bifid ribs, wedge-shaped vertebrae)
- medulloblastoma (childhood brain tumor) in about 5% of affected children
- multiple jaw keratocysts (usually in the second decade of life)
- basal cell carcinoma
- sebaceous and dermoid cysts
- cardiac and ovarian fibromas
Children with basal cell carcinoma can develop facial cysts which might distort face shape. It is possible that large body size is also associated with this syndrome. The following articles describe cases of accelerated growth in children who developed basal cell carcinoma syndrome as a result of a small deletion involving the PTCH1 gene.
Shimojima K, Adachi M, Tanaka M, Tanaka Y, Kurosawa K, Yamamoto T. Clinical features of microdeletion 9q22.3 (pat). Clin Genet. 2009 Apr;75(4):384-93.
Chen CP, Lin SP, Wang TH, Chen YJ, Chen M, Wang W. Perinatal findings and molecular cytogenetic analyses of de novo interstitial deletion of 9q (9q22.3-->q31.3) associated with Gorlin syndrome. Prenat Diagn. 2006 Aug;26(8):725-9.
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