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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 129625, 3 pages
Case Report

Sporadic Occurrence of Jarcho-Levin Syndrome in an Ivorian Newborn

1Service de Chirurgie Pédiatrique, CHU de Yopougon, 21 BP 632 Abidjan 21, Cote D’Ivoire
2Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, BP V 34 Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire

Received 1 July 2013; Accepted 12 August 2013

Academic Editors: E. R. Ahlmann, Y. Kasai, and C. D. Moussallem

Copyright © 2013 Thierry Hervé Odéhouri-Koudou et al. 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.


We report on an isolated chest-wall asymmetry with imaging findings of multiple vertebral and related rib defects in an Ivorian male newborn. He was born of a healthy and young couple without parental lineage, neither family malformative history nor teratogen exposure. This clinical presentation advocates Jarcho-Levin syndrome, a rare sporadic or familial disorder inherited as autosomal dominant or recessive mode and manifested by extensive vertebral segmentation defects with distinctive rib structural and morphological anomalies. According to our belief, this disorder has not been previously traced in the sub-Saharan African area.