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March 1970

Cerebro-hepato-renal Syndrome of Zellweger

Author Affiliations

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
From the departments of paediatrics (Drs. Jan and Lowry), pathology (Dr. Hardwick), and ophthalmology (Dr. McCormick), University of British Columbia, and the Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(3):274-277. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050276020

In 1964, Bowen et al1 described two siblings with congenital abnormalities including (1) marked hypotonia, (2) multiple renal cortical cysts, (3) glaucoma, (4) hepatomegaly, (5) hypoprothrombinemia, (6) developmental abnormalities of the brain, (7) congenital stippled epiphyses, and (8) a clinical appearance suggestive of Down's syndrome. Since the sibs in this family were Zellweger's patients, his name is now used for the designation of this syndrome.

In the present paper two siblings are recorded who display similar clinical features. The purpose of this article is to show some other unusual features of this syndrome and to point out close similarities as well as differences between this condition and chondrodystrophia calcificans congenita (Conradi's disease).

Report of Cases  Case 1.—This child was born on Aug 13, 1967, at term after a normal pregnancy, labor, and delivery, weighing 4,092 gm (9 lb). Her parents were healthy, unrelated Caucasians, with an unremarkable family history.

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