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What is the Bardet–Biedl Syndrome?

The Bardet–Biedl syndrome is:
• a human cellular cilia genetic defect.
• produces several effects on body systems.

Overview of Bardet–Biedl Syndrome

It is characterized mainly by:
• Obesity
• Retinitis pigmentosa
• Polydactyl
• Hypogonadism
• Renal failure
• Mental retardation

Summary of the Syndrome

Bardet–Biedl syndrome occurs when one gene shows its influences on multiple phenotypic traits. It shows a variation in expression along with a large variation of clinical variability which is often discovered both within and between families. The important clinical features are:
• Rod–cone Dystrophy.
• Childhood-onset visual loss.
• Preceded by night blindness.
• Postaxial polydactyl.
• Fat accumulation in body during infancy that lasts till adulthood.
• Specific learning difficulties in some individuals for not for all of them.
• Malformations in Male hypogenital organs.
• Malformations in complex female genitourinary organs.
• Renal dysfunction.

There is a large range of secondary features which can sometimes be associated with BBS like:
• Speech disorder or delay
• Strabismus or cataracts or astigmatism
• “Brachydactyly or syndactyly of both the hands and feet

Developmental delay in Children
Many of the children with BBS have a delay in reaching major developmental milestones which includes:
• Gross motor skills
• Fine motor skills
• Psychosocial skills

Signs and Symptoms of Bardet–Biedl Syndrome

• Polyuria or polydipsia (nephrogenic diabetes insipidus)
• Ataxia or poor coordination or imbalance
• Mild hypertonia (especially lower limbs)
• Diabetes mellitus
• Dental crowding or hypodontia or small dental roots
• High-arched palate
• Cardiovascular anomalies
• Hepatic involvement
• Anosmia
• Auditory deficiencies
• Hirschsprung disease

Eponym and classification

• Georges Bardet and Arthur Biedl named this syndrome.
• About 14 genetic forms are identified at present.
• The first case that came into light of this syndrome was of Laurence and Moon which was in 1866.
• He discovered this syndrome at the Ophthalmic Hospital in South London.
• The mentioned above contents are the key elements of the Bardet–Biedl syndrome.
• Laurence–Moon syndrome is usually considered different from this syndrome.

Major Clinical Features

• Pigmentary retinopathy
• Poor visual acuity
• Low vision
• Blindness
• Vision loss due to impaired photoreceptor transport mechanism.
• This mechanism occurs in the retina.

• Loss or reduced sense of smell
• Extra-sensitive to smell

Hand and foot
• Polydactyly – extra digits
• Syndactyly – webbing of fingers and toes

Cardiovascular system
• Hypertrophy of inter-ventricular septum and left ventricle
• Dilated cardiomyopathy

Gastrointestinal system
• Fibrosis

Urogenital system
• Hypogonadism
• Renal failure
• Urogenital sinuses
• Ectopic urethra
• Uterus duplex
• Septate vagina

Hyperplasia of the:
• Uterus
• Ovaries
• Fallopian tubes

Growth and Development
• Mental and growth retardation

Behavior and Performance
• Social interaction problems.
• Some call it as a kind of “mild-Autism.”
• Thermo sensation that is defective.

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