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    Hypophosphatasia (lethal perinatal form)

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     Hypophosphatasia (lethal perinatal form)   
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    T. Haufe (Radiologie im Städtischen KH Dresden-Neustadt)  

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    Mature hypotrophic newborn with very soft, elongated calvarium (Caput papyraceum), atypical horizontally oriented skinfolds along the upper and lower extremities.
    Decreased concentration of the serum alkaline phosphatase.
    Intubation and ventilation necessary due to increasing respiratory insufficiency. Exitus letalis at the day 15 due to respiratory insufficiency.  

     Pathomorphology or Pathophysiology of this disease :

    Decreased activity of the isoenzymes of alkaline phosphatase produced in the liver, cartilage and bone.
    Therefore mineralization disturbance of the osteoid with misrelation between mineralized and unmineralized osteoid.  

     Radiological findings:

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    X-Ray 1: Head ap: peel-like skull bones; due to decreased mineralization of the osteoid, very wide distance between the less radiolucent parts of the skull.

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    X-Ray 2: Arm right ap: shortened long bones; cup-like and frailed metaphyses

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    X-Ray 3: Pelvis with legs ap: shortened long bones; cup-like and frailed metaphyses; slender, poorly mineralized pelvic bones

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    X-Ray 4: Thorax ap: frail thoracic skeleton with loss of volume; narrow, partially shortened ribs; Platyspondyly with wide distances of the vertebral arches


     Diagnosis confirmation:


     Which DD would be also possible with the radiological findings:

    Rickets, Asphyxing thoracic dysplasia (Jeune-Syndrome), Tanatophore Dysplasia

     Course / Prognosis / Frequency / Other :

    genetic confirmation of the diagnosis by detection of two mutations of the ALPL gene.
    Autosomal recessive inheritance,
    4 forms: neonatal, infant, childhood, adult.
    Frequency of the letal perinatal form 1:1000 000, so far only symptomatic therapy.  

     Comments of the author about the case:

    Thank you very much for (Dresden/Germany)  

     First description / History:

    First described by Rathbun 1948  


    Caffey`s Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging
    Volume 2
    Mosby 2004

    Thieme 2005

    Radiologische Diagnostik im Klinik und Praxis
    Band! VI Teil 1
    Thieme 1989

    Kinderradiologie 1
    Springer 1996  


    Generalized diseases  

     Most likely etiology:


     Available images: There are X-Ray images available for this case. [ X-Ray ]   
    More cases from these authors: Search T. Haufe in Medline T. Haufe (4)     

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