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Dubowitz syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Dwarfism-eczema-peculiar facies syndrome
  • Intrauterine growth retardation, short stature, microcephaly, mild mental retardation with behavior problems, eczema, and unusual and distinctive faci
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Dubowitz syndrome is a very rare genetic and developmental disorder marked variability in signs and symptoms. The findings of Dubowitz syndrome typically include growth failure/short stature; characteristic facial features such as small triangular face, high sloping foreheard, drooping eyelid (ptosis), short palpebral fissures, broad and flat nasal bridge; smaller than normal head (microcephaly), mild mental retardation, and eczema.[1] Although the exact genetic cause of Dubowitz syndrome has not been identified, the condition is believed to be inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion based on studies of families affected by the syndrome.[2] Treatment is based on the person's specific signs and symptoms.
Last updated: 8/18/2009


  1. Yesikaya E, Karaer K, Bideci A, Camurdan O, Percin EF, Cinaz P. Dubowitz syndrome: a cholesterol metabolism disorder?. Genet Couns. 2008;
  2. Dubowitz syndrome. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). December 30, 2008;
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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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