Alagille syndrome E80.6

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Alagille-Watson syndrome; ALGS1; ALGS2; arteriohepatic dysplasia; Arteriohepatic dysplasia, AHD; AWS; Cholestasis with peripheral pulmanary stenosis; Hepatic ductular hypoplasia, syndromatic; OMIM 118450; OMIM 610205

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The Alagille syndrome is a very rare, autosomal dominant hereditary disease. There are 2 known subforms:

  • ALGS1: mutation in the JAG1 gene (chromosome 20p12.2)
  • ALGS2: Mutation in the NOTCH2 gene (chromosome 1p13-p11)

The following symptoms define the Agille syndrome:

  • Cholestasis due to the rarefaction of the intrahepatic bile ducts
  • and the skeleton (butterfly vertebrae, short distal phalanges, clinodactyly, shortened ulna)
  • Heart diseases (pulmonary artery stenoses + other heart vitae).
  • Skeletal anomalies
  • Eye abnormalities (embryotoxon, drusen on the optic nerve)
  • Characteristic facial phenotype (broad forehead, deep-set eyes, hypertelorism, narrow chin; Li et al. 1997).
  • About 39% of patients also have kidney involvement, mainly renal dysfunction (Kamath et al., 2012).

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The prevalence is estimated at 1: 70,000 to 1:100,000.

Clinical features
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In addition to the neonatal icterus, the characteristics of this syndrome include the following: in the eye, changes in the posterior embryotoxin and retinal pigments; in the heart, pulmonary valve stenosis and peripheral arterial stenosis; in the bones, abnormal vertebrae (butterfly vertebrae) and reduction of the interpedicular distance in the lumbar spine; lack of deep tendon reflexes in the nervous system and poor academic performance; in the facies broad forehead, pointed lower jaw and bulbous tip of the nose and in the fingers different degrees of shortening (Watson and Miller 1973; Alagille et al. 1975; Rosenfield et al. 1980).

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Histology of the liver shows a significant reduction of intrahepatic bile ducts.

Case report(s)
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Shulman et al (1984) describe a family with 5 affected persons in 3 generations. The degree of severity varied greatly. Two sisters had neonatal icterus, peripheral pulmonary stenosis and characteristic facies such as broad forehead, deep-set eyes, protruding nose and pointed chin. One patient died at the age of 5 years of cirrhosis of the liver with portal hypertension. The second affected person died of heart failure at the age of 18 months. Her asymptomatic mother and an aunt had a similar facial appearance, pulmonary stenosis and skeletal anomalies.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020