The Rathbun syndrome, also known as hypophosphatasia, is a congenital, autosomal recessive disease caused by defective encoding of tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase leading to peripheral (serum and tissue) deficiency of this enzyme. The illness has several degrees of severity, causing symptoms at various ages. The most serious form manifests during the newborn period and leads to death.
Rathbun syndrome has six forms: odontohypophosphatasia, adult monophasic and biphasic, childhood, infantile and perinatal . The more early clinical signs appear, the more severe the disease is. Thus, an adult suffering from this condition may have no complaints other than a pathologic fracture, whereas a fetus with severe hypophosphatasia may be stillborn, with no mineralized bone tissue. Children with less severe forms lose their deciduous teeth earlier than normal, therefore a dentist may be the first to diagnose the disease. Infantile Rathbun syndrome cases present with complaints during the first six months of life, consisting of failure to thrive, rachitic chest, hypotonia, seizures, vomiting, constipation, poor feeding, weakness, respiratory complications, waddling gait or irritability . Seizures may progress to severe epileptic encephalopathy but respond to vitamin B6 administration . Bone deformities like metaphyseal cupping, craniosynostosis, brachycephaly or bowed and short limbs may be noticed and the child may learn how to walk later than his healthy peers. Intracranial hypertension follows head deformities and causes headaches, papilledema, and proptosis. The bone tissue has an increased risk of fracture and skeletal ossification is delayed. Rib deformities and fractures predispose to pulmonary disease, potentially progressing to life-threatening respiratory distress, especially in cases where the lungs are underdeveloped. Bone pain in affected children is often noticed .
In adults, the ailment may have a biphasic course, with mild symptoms during childhood that remain unnoticed and more severe signs during middle age or a monophasic pattern, with complaints appearing later in life. Patients have osteomalacia, metatarsal or femoral fractures due to decreased mineralization may lose their permanent teeth early. Spine fractures, as well as calcific periarthritis, chondrocalcinosis, pseudogout, and sterile osteomyelitis, have also been documented .
Entire Body System
- Failure to Thrive
Infantile Rathbun syndrome cases present with complaints during the first six months of life, consisting of failure to thrive, rachitic chest, hypotonia, seizures, vomiting, constipation, poor feeding, weakness, respiratory complications, waddling gait [symptoma.com]
Other features in this inherited inborn error of metabolism include failure to thrive, movement disorders, and low plasma levels of alkaline phosphatase. HPP is an extremely variable disorder. [accesspediatrics.mhmedical.com]
The initial symptom may be the failure to gain weight and grow at the expected rate for age and gender referred to as “failure to thrive.” [rarediseases.org]
This is not the same as osteoporosis, another bone disorder that also can lead to bone fractures. [softbonescanada.ca]
Antibodies that act against sclerostin have been shown to increase bone mass in osteoporosis. For additional information regarding HPP, contact: Michael P. [rarediseases.org]
Factors influencing fracture risk, T score, and management of osteoporosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the Consortium of Rheumatology Researchers of North America (CORRONA) registry. J Clin Rheumatol. 2009 Jun; 15(4):155-60. [profiles.umassmed.edu]
- Long Bone Deformity
Autosomal recessive hypophosphatasia manifesting in utero with long bone deformity but showing spontaneous postnatal improvement. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008;93:3443-3448. Whyte MP, Mumm S, Deal C. Adult hypophosphatasia treated with teriparatide. [rarediseases.org]
Face, Head & Neck
Infantile Rathbun syndrome cases present with complaints during the first six months of life, consisting of failure to thrive, rachitic chest, hypotonia, seizures, vomiting, constipation, poor feeding, weakness, respiratory complications, waddling gait or irritability [symptoma.com]
May have trouble changing activities, resist redirection (disregulation, state rigidity), show irritability, stubbornness or repetitive speech or behavior (perseveration) as signs of distress. [come-over.to]
Intracranial hypertension follows head deformities and causes headaches, papilledema, and proptosis. The bone tissue has an increased risk of fracture and skeletal ossification is delayed. [symptoma.com]
This complication can cause headaches, swelling of the optic disk (papilledema), and bulging of the eyes (proptosis). Affected infants have softened, weakened bones that lead to the skeletal malformations of rickets. [rarediseases.org]
Blood workup is especially important in Rathbun syndrome. Typical findings include decreased alkaline phosphatase level and increased phosphoethanolamine (now considered to be a non-specific finding) and inorganic pyrophosphate blood and urinary levels, as well as hypercalcemia . The alkaline phosphatase value must be interpreted according to the patient's age; keeping in mind that decreased values can be encountered in other diseases too. Serum level of vitamin B6 must also be measured and will found to be elevated. Additional useful tests include magnesium, phosphorus, creatinine, vitamin D, and parathyroid hormone determinations.
Radiographic features of Rathbun syndrome can include premature closure of skull sutures, hyperostosis, calcific periarthritis and chondrocalcinosis . Mineralization is often found to be diminished, in addition to pathological fractures, pseudofractures, stress fractures and rachitic changes. A renal ultrasound may reveal the presence of nephrocalcinosis. A bone biopsy, although seldom needed, can differentiate this disease from osteomalacia.
The diagnosis can be suspected before birth by ultrasonography and confirmed using ALPL gene analysis. Alkaline phosphatase can also be measured in the amniotic fluid and cultured amniotic cells.
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Other treatment of HPP is directed toward the specific symptoms and complications that may differ from individual to individual. Treatment may require the coordinated efforts of a team of specialists. [rarediseases.org]
[ edit ] As of October 2015, asfotase alfa (Strensiq) has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of hypophosphatasia. [en.wikipedia.org]
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There is no treatment, and prognosis depends on the age of onset. Severe hypophosphatasia may be fatal in infancy. [britannica.com]
Prognosis The perinatal form is considered lethal. The infantile form is believed to be fatal in approximately 50% of patients. Longevity studies have not been conducted for the infantile and childhood forms. [emedicine.medscape.com]
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Parents should talk to their child’s physician and medical team about the specific symptoms and overall prognosis. Perinatal HPP is associated with profound inactivity of alkaline phosphatase and markedly impaired mineralization. [rarediseases.org]
Mundle Springer Science & Business Media, 06.12.2012 - 280 Seiten Myelodysplastic syndromes are to the bone marrow what pneumonia is to the lungs; the response of an organ to a variety of etiologic insults like aging, toxic exposure, infections and auto-immunity [books.google.de]
They are organised into groups, and further divided into clinical, etiological or histopathological sub-types. [orpha.net]
Many theories have been developed since the discovery of KTWS; however, the etiology of the syndrome is still unknown. [jmedicalcasereports.biomedcentral.com]
Hence, there is an urgent need for increasing physician awareness about risk factors, etiology and the management of this unique and relatively infrequent disorder. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Epidemiology Frequency United States Incidence of the severe form is believed to be approximately 1 case per 100,000 live births.  In some inbred populations, such as Canadian Mennonites, the frequency is as high as 1 case per 2500 newborns. [emedicine.medscape.com]
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Pathophysiology Deficient activity of tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase, one of the four isomers of alkaline phosphatase (each of which has its own gene locus). [accesspediatrics.mhmedical.com]
Pathophysiology Alkaline phosphatase is present as 4 isomers, each with its own gene locus. Three of these isoforms are tissue specific and are known as germ cell, placental, and intestinal alkaline phosphatase. [emedicine.medscape.com]
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When the weakened cuff cannot prevent the humeral head from rising under the pull of the deltoid, the residual cuff becomes squeezed between the humeral head and the coracoacromial arch, contributing to further cuff degeneration. [emedicine.medscape.com]
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