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Cranisynostosis A Case Report
Nayana Potdar, HL Trivedi, Chinmaya Sahu, Sujit Murade
Presenting a case with overlapping features of Crouzon’s and Apert’s syndrome and the associated ocular complications.

The premature fusion of skull bones with associated congenital deformities of limbs was noted by Apert in 1906 which was described as Apert’s syndrome. Later Crouzon in 1912 described hereditary craniofacial dysostosis, a familial malformation of the face and skull bones.

Case Report
A 15 month old boy, admitted for loose motions and dehydration was referred to Ophthalmic services for evaluation.

Table 1

  Apert’s Crouzon’s Present

Milestones Severely delayed N or delay Delayed
Mental development Severe M.R N or mild Mental Retardation
Stature Short N Short
Head Acrocephaly, Suprooibital
Cecrocephaly Acrocephaly, frontal
Palate High arched with furrow
in midline, cleft palate
High palate No furrow High arched palate
Ears / Hearing
Malformed Ears, deafness later
Syndactyly of hands and feet
Low set, deafness early in life
Low set ears, deafness
Supernumary toes +
Cervical Spine Fusion C5 - C6 on C3 - C4 Butterfly Vertebrae C2-C3 Spina Bifida
Other System Abnormalities of Heart,
  Lung and Kidney    
X-ray Skull Synostosis Raised ICT. Premature
closure of coronal and
sagittal sutures. Prognathism
Spina Bifida - Lower
CT Scan Hydrocephalus Absent
Corpus Callosum Abnormal
Ventricle and Septum
No Hydrocephalus
Raised ICT
Dilatation of 3rd and lateral
ventricles, Ballooning of
Fronto-Parietal bones
Ophthalmic Anti- Mongoloid Slant,
Shallow Orbits, Proptosis,
Exotropia, Hypertelorism
Keratoconus, Ectopic Lens,
Glaucoma, Staphyloma
Exophthalmos, Spontaneous
luxation, v Exotropia
Hypertelorism, Nystagmus,
Corneal malformation,
Cataract, Aniridia, Blue
Sclera, Ectopic Lens
Subluxated globes,
Proptosis, Lagophthalmos,
Exposure Keratopathy

Patient had large head with bulging anterior fontanelle, large distended scalp veins with head lag, frontal prominence, hypertelorism, antimongoloid slant, sparse eye brows and the globe was proptosed with shallow orbit. Ears were low set and the child had hearing loss. The child’s maxilla seemed hypoplastic, he had high arched palate, irregular dentition.

Vision : Child was following light

Conjunctiva, Cornea : Patient had Keratomalacia which was sealed. Rest details were not seen as there was hypotony and all EOM were present.

CNS : There was head lag but no neck holding. Child was irritable. There was generalized muscular atrophy with hypotony and Gr III power in all limbs. The fingers were long, slender (There was a single café au lait spot on left lower limb about 1 x 1 cm).

I and II Cranial nerves couldn’t be tested but 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 seemed to be normal .The child had 8th nerve involvement and did not respond to sound.

RS, CVS, GIT : Nothing abnormal was detected.

His weight was 4.5 kg and height 66 cm only.

His counts were low

Hb was 6 gm% with PMNcytosis.

Stools had plenty of RBCs, mucus and bacteriae.

CT scan showed severe dilatation of frontal horn of lateral ventricle and also III ventricle. There was deformity of skull in the form of ballooning of fronto- parietal bones and anterior fontanelle.

This patient had overlapping Crouzon’s and Apert’s syndrome features and additional features like spina bifida and supernumary toes. This can be a variant of Apert syndrome (Table 1).


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BMJ, 2006; 332 : 715.



Department of Ophthalmology, TN Medical College and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumabi Central, Mumbai 400 008.