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Anophthalmia plus syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Anophthalmia, cleft lip/palate, facial anomalies, and CNS anomalies and hypothalamic disorder
  • Fryns anophthalmia syndrome
  • Fryns microphthalmia syndrome
  • Leichtman Wood Rohn syndrome
  • Microphthalmia with facial clefting
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What are the signs and symptoms of anophthalmia plus syndrome?

Anophthalmia plus syndrome (APS) may involve malformations in multiple organs of the body including the eyes, ears, nose, face, mouth, brain, sacral vertebrae, meninges (tissue that lines the outer part of the brain and spinal cord), abdominal wall, heart, digits (fingers and toes), and endocrine system. Based on the few cases reported in the literature, it appears that all affected individuals have had anophthalmia (absence of one or both eyes) and/or microphthalmia (abnormally small eyes). It has also been estimated that approximately 89% of affected individuals have had an oral-facial cleft (such as cleft lip and/or cleft palate). Other specific findings that have been reported in more than one affected individual include wide-set eyes (hypertelorism), low-set ears, choanal stenosis or atresia (narrowing or blockage of the nasal passages), sacral neural tube defect, midline abdominal wall defects, clinodactyly (abnormally bent or curved finger), eye colobomas, and congenital glaucoma. There have been other, additional abnormalities that have only been reported in single individuals.[1]
Last updated: 11/18/2011

  1. Makhoul IR, Soudack M, Kochavi O, Guilburd JN, Maimon S, Gershoni-Baruch R. Anophthalmia-plus syndrome: A clinical report and review of the literature. Am J Med Genet. 2007; 143(A):64-68.