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A syndrome characterized by dwarfism, bowed legs, saber shins, mental retardation, mild involvement of the arms, and dural calcification.

Anterior Bowing of the Legs with Dwarfism; Toxopachyosteose Diaphysaire Tibio-Peroniere (French).

Unknown but rare. A total of 47 cases had been reported in the literature between 1954 and 2000.

Presumed autosomal or X-linked dominant inheritance. Most cases appear to have been sporadic and the relatively small number of familial cases suggests incomplete penetrance.

The pathogenesis is unknown. Assumed to be a primary metabolic abnormality of bone.

Clinical features consistent with the syndrome. Radiological examination is characteristic (anterior bowing of tibiae and fibulae, with cortical hyperostosis on the concave side of the curvature, slight bowing of the radius, ulna and humerus). Inconsistent radiological findings include squaring of the iliac wings, low position of the fifth lumbar vertebra in relation to the ilia, horizontal sacrum, kyphoscoliosis, and dural calcification. Alkaline phosphatase is normal or raised; bone biopsy is normal.

Short stature is the most constant manifestation (males averaging 151 cm [59.4 inches] and females 142 cm [56 inches]). Features include anterior bowing of tibiae (saber shins) and lateral bowing of femora (usually bilateral), occasional mild bowing of ulna, radius, and humerus, and delayed ambulation in childhood. Of those affected, 20% have mental retardation of variable severity. Kyphoscoliosis is present in approximately 30% of cases. Age at diagnosis has ranged from 2 weeks to 94 years. The skeletal deformities do not seem to progress during adult life. Normal life expectancy.

Detailed clinical history and physical examination must be performed to determine the progression of the syndrome and assess the presence of unrelated medical conditions. Evaluate pulmonary function if kyphoscoliosis present (chest radiography, spirometry, arterial blood gases).

Careful patient positioning and transfer from the stretcher to the operating room table (patients seem to have an increased propensity to bone fracture following minor trauma). If the kyphoscoliosis is significant, the use of regional anesthetic technique may not be applicable. Technical difficulties may be experienced because of lower spinal abnormalities and the risk of dural puncture is increased. The laryngeal inlet may be smaller than normal for age. A range of endotracheal tubes of sizes smaller than normal should be available.

Sedative premedication may be beneficial in patients with mental retardation. No specific pharmacological considerations.

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