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Michels syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Craniosynostosis with lid anomalies
  • Oculopalatoskeletal syndrome
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Michels syndrome is an extremely rare disorder characterized by the eyelid triad of blepharophimosis (a narrowing of the eye opening), blepharoptosis and epicanthus inversus (an upward fold of the skin of the lower eyelid near the inner corner of the eye), skeletal defects including craniosynostosis, cranial asymmetry, abnormality of the occipital bone (at the base of the skull), and radioulnar synostosis, cleft lip and palate, and mental deficiency.[1] Only 10 cases have been reported in the medical literature. While the underlying cause of this condition remains unknown, it is believed to be transmitted as an autosomal recessive trait.[1][2] 

Based on phenotypic overlap and autosomal recessive inheritance, some researchers have suggested that Michels, Malpuech, Carnevale and Mingarelli syndromes represent a spectrum and should be referred to a 3MC syndrome (for Malpuech-Michels-Mingarelli-Carnevale).[3]

Last updated: 8/4/2010


  1. Michels syndrome. Orphanet. 2006; Accessed 8/4/2010.
  2. Michels Syndrome. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). 2009; Accessed 8/4/2010.
  3. Titomanlio L, Bennaceur S, Bremond-Gignac D, et al.. Am J Med Genet. 2005; Accessed 8/4/2010.
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  • 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 Michels syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.