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Beals Syndrome

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to Maurice Godfrey, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Beals Syndrome

  • arachnodactyly, contractural Beals type
  • Beals-Hecht syndrome
  • CCA
  • contractural arachnodactyly, congenital

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Beals syndrome is an extremely rare genetic disorder characterized by the permanent fixation of certain joints (e.g., fingers, elbows, knees, and hips) in a flexed position (contractures); abnormally long, slender fingers and toes (arachnodactyly); permanently flexed fingers (camptodactyly); and/or abnormally shaped ears resulting in a "crumpled" appearance. In addition, affected individuals may exhibit front-to-back and side-to-side curvature of the spine (kyphoscoliosis); feet that are abnormally positioned (talipes equinovarus or clubfoot); outward displacement of the fingers (ulnar deviation of the fingers); an abnormally short neck; and/or. Rarely, affected individuals may have a slight deformity of the valve on the left side of the heart (mitral valve prolapse). Beals syndrome is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.

Organizations related to Beals Syndrome

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