J Clin Gastroenterol 2008 Jul;42(6):715-9
Department of Paediatrics, University of Catania, Catania, Italy.
Congenital lymphangiectasia-lymphedema is a rare disorder that presents with edema of the lower half of the body, the face, hands, and scrotum, or with protein-losing enteropathy owing to structural anomalies in the endothelium of the lymphatic system. We describe a biopsy-proven case of severe lymphangiectasia-lymphedema in a 16-year-old boy who was born to consanguineous parents and who, in addition, had mild (20 to 40 dB), early onset, sensorineural deafness and skin abnormalities, consisting of angiokeratomas of the face, hands, and feet, and also a large, localized angiokeratoma of the scrotum and the penis (Fordyce type). Both of the proband's parents had profound (>80 dB), congenital, mixed conductive/sensorineural, nonsyndromic deafness to low-mid frequencies. Read More