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We report on a patient with Marfan's syndrome, with coexistent obstructive sleep hypopnea (OSH) and restrictive lung disease, complicated by respiratory insufficiency, who was successfully treated with nasal intermittent positive airway pressure (NIPPV) and oxygen. NIPPV therapy turned out to be...
Mutations in GJB3, the gene encoding the gap junction protein Connexin 31 (CX31), have been pathogenically linked to erythrokeratodermia and non-syndromic autosomal dominant (DFNA2) or recessive hereditary hearing impairment (HHI). To determine the contribution of CX31 to sporadic deafness, we...
Usher syndrome (USH) is characterized by the associated findings of hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa (RP), leading to progressive loss of vision. Three forms of USH can be distinguished clinically. In the most severe form, USH1, profound congenital deafness is associated with vestibular...
This essay liberally uses stamps from around the world to illustrate the many tools at the disposal of clinical geneticists and dysmorphologists. The tools begin with the construction of a family tree and eventually lead to the utilization of computers and the Internet as important diagnostic...
The metabolic syndrome is a complex disorder characterized by an atherogenic dyslipidemia resulting from the interaction between genetic and nutritional factors. The objective of this study was to examine in a cohort of 720 adults participating in the Québec Family Study (QFS) whether dietary...
Alkaptonuria (AKU) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by the deficiency of homogentisate 1,2 dioxygenase (HGO) activity. The disease is characterized by homogentisic aciduria, ochronosis and ochronotic arthritis. AKU shows a very low prevalence (1:250 000), in most ethnic groups....
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