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Adams-Oliver syndrome

Synonym(s) AOS
Congenital scalp defects with distal limb anomalies
Congenital scalp defects with distal limb reduction anomalies
Limb, scalp and skull defects
Prevalence Unknown
Inheritance Autosomal dominant
or Autosomal recessive
Age of onset Neonatal
  • Q87.2
  • C0265268
  • C538225
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Disease definition

Adams-Oliver Syndrome (AOS) is a rare disorder characterized by the combination of congenital limb abnormalities and scalp defects, often accompanied by skull ossification defects.


The prevalence is unknown.

Clinical description

The severity of the disorder varies greatly among affected individuals. Aplasia cutis congenita, transverse limb defects and cutis marmorata telangiectica are characteristic of this condition. The affected patients typically have malformations of the hands, arms, feet and/or legs that range from hypoplastic fingers and toes to absent hands and/or lower legs, and occasionally show intellectual deficit. AOS may be associated with a variety of physical anomalies including congenital cataract, strabismus and microphthalmia, congenital heart malformations (including tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia), and hepatoportal sclerosis. Hydrocephalus is the principal cerebral feature and epilepsy may be associated. Extensive lethal anomalies are possible.


The etiopathogenesis remains unclear.

Genetic counseling

Most cases are transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait, but some show autosomal recessive transmission with familial or sporadic occurrence.

Management and treatment

Limb and scalp defects require orthopedic treatment. Management requires a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach.

Expert reviewer(s)

  • Dr Martine LE MERRER

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