Sturge weber crab syndrome Q85.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 18.12.2020

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angioma cutaneo-cerebral; angiomatosis encephalo-cutanea; angiomatosis encephalo-oculo-cutanea; angiomatosis encephalotrigeminale; angiomatosis encephalotrigeminalis; angiomatosis oculo-cutanea; Brain Trigeminal Angiomatosis Syndrome; Brushfield-Wyatt Syndrome; craniofacial angiomatosis with cerebral calcification; cutaneous cerebral angioma; ectoneurodermal hamartoma (Wohlwill); encephaloculo-cutaneous angiomatosis; encephalo-cutaneous angiomatosis; encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis; fourth phacomatosis; Hamartoma ektoneurodermal; Krabbe Syndrome; Krabbe Syndrome III; neuroangiomatosis encephalofacialis; Potash Syndrome; Sturge disease; Sturge-Weber-Dimitri Syndrome; Weber-Dimitri Syndrome

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Luschka, 1854; Sturge, 1879; Weber, 1922; Krabbe, 1934

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Congenital complex vascular malformation (see also neurocutaneous syndrome) with the triad:

  • capillary malformation (nevus flammeus) in the area of the ophthalmic nerve
  • hemangioma of the uvea (development of glaucoma with danger of blindness)
  • calcifying hemangioma of the leptomeninx with pathological changes of the underlying cerebral cortex (neurological symptoms).

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Incidence: approx. 1-2/100.000 inhabitants.

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Genetic defect (somatic mosaic mutation in the GNAQ gene on chromosome 9q21).

Clinical features
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  • Capillary malformation(Naevus flammeus) of one half of the face, often only in the area of the 1st trigeminal branch. Less frequently, the entire half of the head and the oral mucosa (with gingival hyperplasia) are affected.
  • Development of glaucoma mostly in early childhood. Multiple neurological symptoms are possible: spastic hemiparesis, focal epileptic seizures, homonymous hemianopsia, migraine.
  • Full expression of the syndrome is present in only about 50% of cases. If the eyes are not involved, the syndrome is called angiomatosis encephalo-cutanea, if the CNS is not involved, it is called angiomatosis oculo-cutanea.

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Neurological and ophthalmological examination (especially measurement of intraocular pressure), X-ray of the skull (characteristic, double contoured, tortuous calcifications), computer tomogram and possibly magnetic resonance tomogram of the skull.

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Treatment of skin changes with laser (argon, pulsed dye laser).

The clinical efficiency of Latanoprost on glaucoma associated with vascular malformation is unsatisfactory (Altuna JC et al.1999).

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In old age formation of vascular nodules in the area of the nevus flammeus.

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Last updated on: 18.12.2020