Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II (MOPD II): Expanding the vascular phenotype

Michael B. Bober, Nadia Khan, Jennifer Kaplan, Kristi Lewis, Jeffrey A. Feinstein, Charles I. Scott, Gary K. Steinberg

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Majewski Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism, Type II(MOPD II) is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder. Features include severe intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), poor postnatal growth (adult stature approximately 100 cm), severe microcephaly, skeletal dysplasia, characteristic facial features, and normal or near normal intelligence. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved registry was created and currently follows 25 patients with a diagnosis of MOPD II. Based on previous studies, a neurovascular screening program was implemented and 13 (52%) of these patients have been found to have cerebral neurovascular abnormalities including moyamoya angiopathy and/or intracranial aneurysms. The typical moyamoya pathogenesis begins with vessel narrowing in the supraclinoid internal carotid artery, anterior cerebral (A1) or middle cerebral (M1) artery segments. The narrowing may predominate initially on one side, progresses to bilateral stenosis, with subsequent occlusion of the vessels and collateral formation. We present four patients who, on neurovascular screening, were found to have cerebrovascular changes. Two were asymptomatic, one presented with a severe headache and projectile vomiting related to a ruptured aneurysm, and one presented after an apparent decline in cognitive functioning. Analysis of the registry suggests screening for moyamoya disease be performed at the time of MOPD II diagnosis and at least every 12-18 months using MRA or computerized tomographic angiography (CTA). We believe this is imperative. If diagnosed early enough, re-vascularization and aneurysmtreatment in skilled hands can be performed safely and prevent or minimize long-term sequelae in this population. Emergent evaluation is also needed when other neurologic or cardiac symptoms are present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)960-965
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysm
  • Moyamoya

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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