Gerodermia osteodysplastica and wrinkly skin syndrome: Are they the same?

L. I. Al-Gazali, L. Sztriha, F. Skaff, D. Haas

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Gerodermia osteodysplastica (GO) is a connective tissue disorder characterized by premature aging, wrinkled, and lax skin with reduced elasticity which is more marked on the dorsum of the hands and feet associated with hyperextensible joints and osteoporosis. The wrinkly skin syndrome (WSS) is characterized by wrinkled skin over the dorsum of the hands, feet, and abdomen; hyperextensible joints, particularly of the hands; intrauterine growth retardation; postnatal failure to thrive; and mental and developmental delay. We report on five children from two consanguineous Arab families with features overlapping both GO and WSS. All five children had similar dysmorphic facial features consisting of broad and prominent forehead, hypotelorism with epicanthal folds, prominent bulbous nose, flat malar region, and large protruding ears. All had wrinkling of the skin more marked on the dorsum of the hands, feet, and abdomen; hyperextensibility of the joints, particularly of the hands; and aged appearance. Intrauterine growth retardation, subsequent failure to thrive, developmental delay, and variable degree of osteoporosis was also present in all of them. The older three children developed progressive prognathism. We suggest that GO and WSS could represent variable manifestation of the same disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of medical genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2001



  • GO
  • Gerodermia osteodysplastica
  • WSS
  • Wrinkly skin syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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