Atelosteogenesis I is a perinatally lethal skeletal dysplasia characterized by severe short-limbed dwarfism, joint dislocations, club feet along with distinctive facies and radiographic findings.
AOI is a very rare infrequently described disorder.
Affected neonates are stillborn or die rapidly after birth and present clinically with severe short-limbed dwarfism, dislocated hip, knee and elbow joints, club feet and if born alive have cardiorespiratory failure. Craniofacial dysmorphism describes a prominent forehead, hypertelorism, a depressed nasal bridge with a grooved tip, micrognathia and frequently a cleft palate. There is a continuum with overlapping clinical findings between atelosteogenesis I, atelosteogenesis III and boomerang dysplasia (see these terms).
Atelosteogenesis I results from heterozygous mutations in exons 2-5 and 27-33 of the gene encoding filamin B (FLNB) located to 3p14.
Diagnosis can be confirmed from skeletal radiographs, chondro-osseous histopathology and genetic testing. Distinctive radiographic findings comprise severe platyspondyly, distally tapered; shortened, incomplete or absent humeri and femurs; shortened or bowed radii, ulnas, and tibias; hypoplastic pelvis and fibulas; and deficient ossification of the metacarpals, middle and proximal phalanges.
Differential diagnosis comprises other skeletal dysplasias with severe short-limbed dwarfism such as campomelic dysplasia, Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, achondroplasia, metatropic dysplasia, Roberts syndrome, short rib-polydactyly syndrome, and thanatophoric dysplasia.. Other, differential diagnosis includes achondrogenesis, hypophosphatasia, and osteogenesis imperfecta (see these terms).
Prenatal ultrasound can detect bone dysplasia and other manifestation and plays an important role in early detection and diagnosis. Prenatal ultrasound findings for AOI may include severe limb shortening and deficient ossification of the long bones, shortened flaring or absent humeri and femurs from 18 weeks onwards. Other skeletal abnormalities as well as some facial dysmorphic features may be detectable.
All cases have been autosomal dominant and sporadic resulting from de novo mutations in FLNB.
Palliative care is offered to newborns suffering from AOI.
Prognosis is poor. Death is often due to a combination of pulmonary hypoplasia and tracheobronchomalacia early in life.
Last update: July 2013