LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 828-829
Kabuki syndrome: A rare clinical presentation
Abhishek D Wankar
Department of Neurology, Alexis Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||23-Oct-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||15-Dec-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||05-Jun-2020|
Dr. Abhishek D Wankar
Alexis Hospital, Koradi Road Mankapur, Nagpur - 440 030, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Wankar AD. Kabuki syndrome: A rare clinical presentation. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2020;23:828-9
Kabuki makeup syndrome was described in Japanese children by Niikawa et al. based on the characteristic faces resembling kabuki play artist. Diagnosis is based on the criteria laid down by International Consensus diagnostic criteria by Adam et al. MLL-2 and KDM6A gene mutations have been identified in 70% of the patients. Few case reports are available from India.
Sixteen-year-old male presented to the Department of Neurology with seizures for 2 years. The patient is a firstborn child born of a nonconsanguineous marriage. Perinatal and neonatal period was uneventful. No history of recurrent infections in childhood. Seizures were right upper limb focal with secondary generalization and are well controlled with carbamazepine for 6 months. No other significant past or personal history. The patient was poorly built with short stature. The patient was intact mentation. Bilateral lower motor neuron facial weakness with mild quadriparesis was noted. He had generalized hypotonia with no long tract signs. Other clinical features on general examination included long palpebral fissure with arched eyebrows, mild ptosis, and long eyelashes. He had prominent ears with depressed nasal tip and preauricular pits [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Oral examination showed him to have a high arched palate, abnormal dentition, and cleft palate [Figure 1]c. The fifth digit was short [Figure 1]d.
|Figure 1: (a) Characteristic face, arched eyebrows, prominent ears, and mild ptosis. (b) Kyphosis, long eyelashes, depressed nasal tip, and preauricular pit. (c) High arched palate, cleft palate, and abnormal dentition. (d) Short fifth digit|
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His magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and electroencephalogram (EEG) were normal while nerve conduction studies did not show any abnormality. Echocardiography showed him to have a small atrial septal defect (ASD).
Kabuki makeup syndrome (KMS) was described in Japanese children by Kuroki, Niikawa et al. in 1988. The name comes from the makeup of actors in Japanese traditional play “Kabuki” to which the facial features resemble. A definitive diagnosis of KMS was made in the present case based on criteria laid down by International consensus diagnostic criteria by Adam et al. The differential diagnosis in the present case includes Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, IRF6-Related disorders, and Hardikar syndrome. The prevalence of the syndrome in India is not known. However, numerous case reports are available from India about varied manifestations. Schrander-Stumpel et al. reported 29 caucasian patients and reviewed 60 Japanese and 29 non-Japanese patients. The study group reported similar clinical presentation in both groups. Neurological manifestations were present in over 80% of the non-Japanese patients. Congenital cardiac defects are present in 58% of the patients. The present patient presented with seizures which is a rare clinical presentation (17%). The identification of MLL-2 and KDM6A gene mutation emphasized the role of genetic studies in a suspected case of KMS. However, in 30% of the cases, no gene mutation was identified.
The present case, to our knowledge, is the first case reported from India presenting primarily with seizures and perhaps, the first case from central India.
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