Waardenburg syndrome (WS) is a disorder characterized by varying degrees of deafness and minor defects in structures arising from neural crest, including. A number sign (#) is used with this entry because Waardenburg syndrome type 1 (WS1) is caused by heterozygous mutation in the PAX3 gene () on. Waardenburg syndrome type 2 is an auditory-pigmentary syndrome characterized by pigmentary abnormalities of the hair, skin, and eyes; congenital .

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Waardenburg syndrome

The risk to other family members depends on the status of the proband ‘s parents: Waardenburg syndrome–penetrance of major signs. These mutations confirmed that Waardenburg syndrome is produced by gene dosage effects and showed that the phenotypic differences between ‘Splotch’ mice and humans with Waardenburg syndrome are caused by differences in genetic background waardennurg than different primary effects of the mutations. What would you like to print?

Am J Hum Genet. Identification of a heterozygous PAX3 pathogenic variant by molecular genetic testing establishes the diagnosis if clinical features are inconclusive. Craniofacial-deafness-hand syndrome CDHS OMIMcharacterized by a flat facial profile, widely spaced eyes, hypoplastic nose with slit-like nares, and sensorineural hearing loss.

Waardenburg syndrome type 1 is an autosomal dominant disorder Pardono et al.

Glutaric acidemia type 1 type 2 Hyperlysinemia Pipecolic acidemia Saccharopinuria. Asn47Lys pathogenic variant described in craniofacial-deafness-hand syndrome [ Asher et al ]. The diagnosis of WS1 is established in a proband with two major criteria or one major plus two minor criteria see Suggestive Findings as proposed by the Waardenburg Consortium [ Farrer et al ]. Share cases and questions with Physicians on Medscape consult.


Please consider making a donation now and again in the future. Piebaldism has some pigmentary features in common with Waardenburg syndrome. Molecular basis of Splotch and Waardenburg Pax-3 mutations. WS4 is a heterogeneous disorder with either autosomal recessive or autosomal dominant inheritance.

For information on selection criteria, click here. The paired box protein Pax3 is an essential regulator of muscle and neural crest-derived cell types, including melanocytes. Jones et al [] found evidence of waaddenburg paternal age effect in de waardenbyrg pathogenic variants of WS1.

Symptoms vary from one type of the syndrome to another and from one patient to another, but they include: Incontinentia pigmenti Scratch dermatitis Shiitake mushroom dermatitis. Deletions, frame shifts, sinerome site, and nonsense mutations, as well as whole gene deletions, have been reported. Although this testing can determine whether the fetus has inherited the PAX3 pathogenic variant, it cannot determine the clinical manifestations or their severity.

Type IV WS4 can also affect portions of nerve cell development that potentially can lead to intestinal issues. It is appropriate to evaluate at-risk relatives of an affected individual to allow early screening of those at risk for hearing loss.


A characteristic feature is hyperpigmented borders surrounding the unpigmented areas. Waardenburg syndrome has been described in American blacks Hansen et al. Inborn error of amino acid metabolism E70—E72 Hence, those individuals with an affected first-degree relative should be examined closely as the penetrance is likely almost complete. Lynn Bason, MS is a member of the following medical societies: Genetic counseling is the process of providing individuals and families with information on the nature, inheritance, and implications of genetic disorders to help them make informed medical and personal decisions.


Surveillance The hearing loss in WS1 is typically non-progressive. Sometimes this is concurrent with Hirschsprung disease. PAX3 has ten exons, with the paired box in exons and the homeobox in exons 5 and 6 [ Birrane et al ], and encodes paired box protein Pax This section is not meant to address all personal, cultural, or ethical issues that individuals may face or to substitute for consultation with a genetics professional.

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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. Methods that may be used include: Although such testing can determine whether the PAX3 pathogenic variant has been inherited, the results of such testing cannot be used to predict clinical manifestations or their severity. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. Carotenosis Tattoo Tar melanosis.

Waardenburg’s syndrome–report of a case in a non-Dutch family. Kapur S, Karam S.