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Case Reports in Genetics
Volume 2011, Article ID 428714, 6 pages
Case Report

Bartsocas-Papas Syndrome: Unusual Findings in the First Reported Egyptian Family

Department of Human Genetics, Medical Research Institute, Alexandria University, 165 El-Horreya Avenue, El-Hadra, Alexandria 21561, Egypt

Received 16 August 2011; Accepted 12 September 2011

Academic Editors: D. J. Bunyan and A. M. Slavotinek

Copyright © 2011 E. M. Abdalla and H. Morsy. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Bartsocas-Papas syndrome (BPS) is an autosomal recessive syndrome with severe craniofacial, limb, and genital abnormalities. As of 2011, 24 published cases and families were registered in the Orphanet Report Series. Compared to other disorders characterized by pterygia, the condition is usually more severe and often lethal: most affected patients die in utero or shortly after birth. We report the first Egyptian family with Bartsocas-Papas syndrome comprising three cases; our proband who was a female infant with severe craniofacial and limb anomalies typical of Bartsocas-Papas syndrome, a similarly affected female fetus which died in utero at the 7th gestational month, and a 16-year-old mentally retarded uncle who presented with some of the typical features of Bartsocas-Papas syndrome, including syndactyly, thumb hypoplasia, and microphthalmia. This male patient actually did not present with pterygia, however, we find his clinical description noteworthy.