Perlman syndrome

Perlman syndrome
Classification and external resources
Specialty oncology
ICD-10 C64
OMIM 267000

Perlman syndrome (PS) (also called renal hamartomas, nephroblastomatosis and fetal gigantism) is a rare overgrowth disorder present at birth. It is characterized by polyhydramnios and fetal overgrowth, including macrocephaly, neonatal macrosomia, visceromegaly, dysmorphic facial features, and an increased risk for Wilms' tumor at an early age. The prognosis for Perlman syndrome is poor and it is associated with a high neonatal mortality.

Signs and symptoms

Perlman syndrome is an uncommon genetic disorder grouped with overgrowth syndrome in which an abnormal increase is often noted at birth in the size of the body or a body part of the infant. The disorder, also called renal hamartomas, nephroblastomatosis and fetal gigantism, has also been grouped with Renal cell carcinoma.[1] The characteristic features include polyhydramnios, fetal overgrowth, including macrocephaly, neonatal macrosomia, visceromegaly, dysmorphic facial features, and an increased risk for Wilms' tumor at an early age.[2]


Perlman syndrome is a rare disease with an estimated incidence of less than 1 in 1,000,000. As of 2008, less than 30 patients had ever been reported in the world literature.[1]


Perlman syndrome has an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance.

The gene thought to cause some of the cases of Perlman syndrome is DIS3L2 found on chromosome 2 at 2q37.2 and is thought to have an important role in the mitotic cell cycle. Although both sexes are affected, the sex ratio of male to female is 2:1. The syndrome has been described in both consanguineous and non-consanguineous couplings.[3] No chromosomal abnormalities have been observed, except for in the case of Chernos et al., which showed a de novo mutation — an extra G positive band, a genetic mutation that neither parent possessed nor transmitted — on the tip of the short arm of chromosome 11.[4]


The diagnosis of Perlman syndrome is based on observed phenotypic features and confirmed by histological examination of the kidneys. Prenatal diagnosis is possible for families that have a genetic disposition for Perlman syndrome although there is no conclusive laboratory test to confirm the diagnosis. Fetal overgrowth, particularly with an occipitofrontal circumference (OFC) greater than the 90th centile for gestational age, as well as an excess of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac (polyhydramnios), may be the first signs of Perlman.[3] Using ultrasound diagnosis, Perlman syndrome has been detected at 18 weeks. During the first trimester, the common abnormalities of the syndrome observed by ultrasound include cystic hygroma and a thickened nuchal lucency. Common findings for the second and third trimesters include macrosomia, enlarged kidneys, renal tumors (both hamartoma and Wilms), cardiac abnormalities and visceromegaly.[5]

Prompt recognition and identification of the disorder along with accurate follow-up and clinical assistance is recommended as the prognosis for Perlman is severe and associated with a high neonatal death rate.[3][6]

Differential diagnosis

Perlman syndrome shares clinical overlaps with other overgrowth disorders with similarities to Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome and Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome having been particularly emphasized in scientific study. Similarities with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, include polyhydramnios, macrosomia, nephromegaly and hypoglycaemia. It is the distinctive facial dysmorphology of Perlman, including deep-set eyes, depressed nasal bridge, everted upper lip, and macrocephaly which allows the two conditions to be distinguished from one another. Diagnosis of Perlman syndrome also overlap with other disorders associated with Wilms tumor namely Sotos syndrome and Weaver syndrome.[3][6]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Perlman syndrome". Orphanet. May 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  2. Perlman M (December 1986). "Perlman syndrome: familial renal dysplasia with Wilms tumor, fetal gigantism, and multiple congenital anomalies.". Am J Med Genet. 25 (Pt 4): 793–5. doi:10.1002/ajmg.1320250418. PMID 3024486.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Piccione, Maria; Giovanni Corsello (December 2006). "Perlman syndrome (renal hamartomas, nephroblastomatosis and fetal gigantism)". Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  4. Chernos JE, Fowler SB, Cox DM (September 1990). "A case of Perlman syndrome associated with a cytogenetic abnormality of chromosome 11 (abstract)". Am J Hum Genet. 47(suppl): A28. PMC 1683946Freely accessible.
  5. Benacerraf, Beryl R. (2007), Ultrasound of fetal syndromes (2 ed.), Elsevier Health Sciences, p. 147, ISBN 978-0-443-06641-2
  6. 1 2 Emery and Rimoin's principles and practice of medical genetics, Volume 2, Elsevier Health Sciences, p. 1522, ISBN 978-0-443-06870-6
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