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December 1973

Congenital Contractural Arachnodactyly: A Heritable Disorder of Connective Tissue Distinct From Marfan Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medical Genetics, Montreal Children's Hospital. Dr. MacLeod is now with the Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Health Centre for Children, Vancouver.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(6):810-812. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190652014

Congenital contractural arachnodactyly is a newly delineated, dominantly inherited syndrome of multiple congenital joint contractures, arachnodactyly, deformed ears, and kyphoscoliosis.

The importance of differentiating this syndrome from Marfan syndrome and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, the two disorders it most closely resembles, is emphasized because of the different natural history of this disorder.