Meacham syndrome is a multiple malformation syndrome characterized by congenital diaphragmatic abnormalities, genital defects and cardiac malformations.Last update: December 2008
Less than 15 patients have been reported worldwide.
Ambiguous or female external genitalia are present in individuals with 46,XY karyotype. The genital abnormalities are variable and may include a true double vagina or septate vagina, absent uterus, abnormal male gonads in the presence of normal external female genitalia or male pseudohermaphroditism with abnormal internal female genitalia. Complex cyanotic congenital heart defects, (hypoplastic right lungs, anomalous pulmonary venous return and abnormalities of the diaphragm) are frequent. One patient with rhabdomyomatous dysplasia of the lungs has been reported.
Mutations in the WT1 gene have been identified in some patients with Meacham syndrome. Mutations in the same gene have previously been detected in patients with Denys-Drash syndrome (see this term).
Diagnosis is based on the clinical findings. The occurrence of a true double vagina should lead the clinician to careful pulmonary and cardiac evaluation.
The main differential diagnosis comprises Denys-Drash syndrome, an allelic disorder with overlapping clinical features. Beckwith-Wiedemann, Simpson-Golabi-Behmel and Perlman syndromes should also be considered (see these terms).
Management is supportive.
All patients reported to date died in early childhood.