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CHIME syndrome in Adult
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CHIME syndrome in Adult

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Contributors: Craig N. Burkhart MD, Dean Morrell MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH, Nancy Esterly MD
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CHIME syndrome is a rare neuroectodermal disorder with colobomas of the eyes, heart defects, ichthyosiform dermatosis in the first month of life, mental retardation (intellectual disability), ear defects, and epilepsy. Characteristic facial features include brachycephaly, upslant of palpebral fissures, hypertelorism, flat mid face and philtrum, anteverted nostrils, thin upper lip, widely spaced teeth, and excessive creasing around a wide mouth; less constant findings include hearing loss, cleft palate, pectus excavatum, and supernumerary nipples.

It has been reported in 6 children and is presumed to be an autosomal recessive trait.

Patients display general good health, but their lives are marked by severe intellectual disability, seizures, and a chronic migratory, nonscarring skin eruption with pruritus. One patient developed acute lymphocytic leukemia.

For more information, see OMIM.


Q87.89 – Other specified congenital malformation syndromes, not elsewhere classified

78572006 – Neurocutaneous syndrome

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  • Rud syndrome – Displays ichthyosis and hypogonadism
  • Refsum disease – Infantile form of phytanic acid storage disease with features that include early onset, intellectual disability, minor facial dysmorphism, retinitis pigmentosa, sensorineural hearing deficit, hepatomegaly, osteoporosis, failure to thrive, and hypocholesterolemia
  • Sjögren-Larsson syndrome – Ichthyosis, spastic neurologic disorder with fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Netherton syndrome – "Bamboo hair," congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, and atopic diathesis
  • KID syndrome – Keratitis, ichthyosis, deafness
  • IBIDS syndrome – Ichthyosis, brittle hair, impaired intelligence, decreased fertility, short stature

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CHIME syndrome : Seizures, Hearing loss, Hypertelorism, Ichthyosis
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