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De Barsy syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Corneal clouding, cutis laxa and mental retardation
  • Cutis laxa growth deficiency syndrome
  • Progeroid syndrome of De Barsy
  • Progeroid syndrome, De Barsy type
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De Barsy syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized mainly by a prematurely aged-looking face (progeria); cloudy corneas; short stature; and intellectual disability. Affected individuals can have a wide variety of other signs and symptoms, including loose skin folds due to reduced elasticity (cutis laxa); poor muscle tone (hypotonia); movement disorders; and other features that involve the eyes, face, skin and nervous system.[1] The genetic cause of the condition is not known in most cases, but it is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Treatment generally focuses on the signs and symptoms present in each individual and may include early eye surgery and physiotherapy to avoid contractures.[2]
Last updated: 10/31/2011


  1. De Barsy Syndrome. NORD. March 31, 2008; Accessed 10/31/2011.
  2. É. Morava, M. Guillard, D.J. Lefeber and R.A. Wevers. De Barsy syndrome. Orphanet. July 2010; Accessed 10/31/2011.
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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. 
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