Miller-Dieker syndrome is a rare disorder with contiguous gene deletion that is characterized by lissencephaly, distinct facial and other congenital anomalies. It is associated with seizures, mental delay, and early death.
Miller-Dieker syndrome (MDS), is a disorder with abnormal neuronal migration during brain development due to an underlying deletion at chromosome 17p13.3 . This rare disease features classic lissencephaly (smooth brain), which is characterized by agyria (absence of brain convolutions) or frontal pachygyria (few brain convolutions) . MDS also consists of microcephaly and profound facial dysmorphisms such as a prominent forehead, bitemporal hollowing, down-slanting palpebral fissures, short nose accompanied by upturned nares, protuberant upper lip, downturned vermillion border, and micrognathia  . Occasionally, other anomalies like congenital heart malformations, genitourinary defects, and omphalocele may also be present  .
MDS is associated with a very poor prognosis. Affected children have severe developmental retardation and are at risk of dying within a few years of life  . Complications include severe neurologic and mental delay, epilepsy, growth restriction, as well as trouble with feeding  .
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All had severe type I lissencephaly with grossly normal cerebellum and a distinctive facial appearance consisting of prominent forehead, bitemporal hollowing, short nose with upturned nares, protuberant upper lip, thin vermilion border, and small jaw. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
However, hypotonia and abnormal facial morphology including prominent forehead, a short nose with upturned nares and protuberant upper lip were developed gradually as he got older. [synapse.koreamed.org]
Miller-Dieker syndrome: A congenital malformation syndrome characterized by lissencephaly ("smooth brain") and a characteristic facial appearance with a prominent forehead with bitemporal hollowing, short nose with upturned nares, thickened upper lip [medicinenet.com]
On examination, child had microcephaly, prominent forehead, a wide nasal bridge, low-set ears, upturned nares, long philtrum (vertical groove on the midline of the upper lip) with thin upper lip, mild micrognathia and delayed dentition [Figure 1]. [ssajm.org]
An infant with the clinical presentation discussed above or a fetus with suspicious findings observed on prenatal ultrasonography warrants a full workup that consists of patient/fetal and family history, a detailed physical exam of the infant, and the appropriate studies discussed below.
Obstetric ultrasonography can detect MDS prenatally if performed during late second trimester or later by an experienced operator . Ultrasound scans on fetuses with this disease reveal findings such as a smooth gyral pattern consistent with lissencephaly, ventriculomegaly, other brain abnormalities, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and polyhydramnios  . Additionally, congenital anomalies such as omphalocele and heart defects are also identified prenatally .
Amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and subsequent cytogenic analysis can confirm the diagnosis in a fetus suspected to have MDS.
A study reviewing brain computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of affected infants demonstrate features such as smooth cerebral hemispheres and a remarkable figure of eight appearance . Frequent findings include a thickened cortex, enlarged cavum septi pellucidi, and diminished or absent corpus callosum . Furthermore, enlarged ventricles and midline calcifications may also be observed . Another study also reported lissencephaly and agenesis of the corpus callosum on CT imaging .
Patients suspected to have MDS should undergo chromosomal analysis with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in order to confirm the deletion of the 17p13.3 locus. MDS is associated with multiple genes including LIS1, YWHAE, and CRK in addition to contiguous genes that would contribute to the manifestations of severe forms of the disease  .
Distinct electroencephalogram (EEG) results associated with MDS include abnormally high amplitude,and rhythmic slow activities .
Management and treatment Management of children with MDS is symptomatic. [orpha.net]
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Miller-Dieker syndrome is incurable, with no known prenatal treatment options. Postnatal treatment consists largely of antiepileptic therapy for seizure control and supportive care. [researchers.dellmed.utexas.edu]
Treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI. [diseaseinfosearch.org]
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Treatment and prognosis The overall prognosis is poor with most fetuses not surviving beyond infancy. There may be recurrence rate of 25% for future pregnancies. [radiopaedia.org]
Prognosis Death often occurs in the first three months of life and most infants with MDS die by two years of age, although there have been reports of individuals living for several years. [checkorphan.org]
Prognosis Most babies with Miller Dieker Syndrome die in the first three months of life and most infants are dead from complications of seizures, aspiration pneumonia etc. within two years of age. [nethealthbook.com]
Prognosis in this concurrent phenotype is poor with our patient suffering from several malformations seen in both conditions and expiring in the neonatal period. [thieme-connect.com]
We wish to emphasize that lissencephaly is etiologically non-specific and represents only one feature in this malformation syndrome. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Etiology Visible and submicroscopic deletions of 17p13.3, including the LIS1 gene, are found in almost 100% of patients. Management and treatment Management of children with MDS is symptomatic. [orpha.net]
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Summary Epidemiology MDS is undoubtedly a rare condition with a reported estimate of 1 cases per 100 000 live births, although incidence and prevalence are probably higher. [orpha.net]
In 1991, it was reported in the only published epidemiological study performed in the Dutch population that the prevalence was 11.7 per million live births. [accessanesthesiology.mhmedical.com]
Epidemiology [ edit ] Miller-Dieker occurs in less than one in 100000 people and can occur in all races. [ citation needed ] History [ edit ] MDS was named for the two physicians, James Q. Miller  and H. [en.wikipedia.org]
Epidemiology Miller-Dieker occurs in less than one in 100000 people and can occur in all races. History MDS was named for the two physicians, J. Miller and H. Dieker, who independently described the condition in the 1960s. [ipfs.io]
Epidemiology of lissencephaly type 1. Neuroepidemiology 1991.10: 200-4. Guerrini R and Filippi T. Neuronal migration disorders, genetics and epileptogenesis. J Child neurol. 2005;20. 287-299. Dobyns WB, Reiner O, Carrozzo R, Ledbetter DH. [malattierare.toscana.it]
Refrigeration at 2 - 8 C may assist when a delay is not preventable. Do not freeze or place specimens directly on ice. [pathlabs.ufl.edu]
Treatment is based on the symptoms in each person and aims to prevent complications and control seizures. [malacards.org]
Prevention - Miller-Dieker syndrome Not supplied. Diagnosis - Miller-Dieker syndrome MDS is not the only disorder associated with lissencephaly. [checkorphan.org]
A little boy born with a rare brain disease that prevented him from being able to cry or feed properly, has died at just eight weeks old. [dailymail.co.uk]
Lack of relevant family history can also prevent suspicion in many cases. [ipfs.io]
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