European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 148, Issue 5, pp 439–411 | Cite as

Rubinstein-taybi syndrome in a mother and son

  • R. C. M. Hennekam
  • E. J. P. Lommen
  • J. L. M. Strengers
  • H. G. Van Spijker
  • T. M. G. Jansen-Kokx
Medical Genetics


The Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome is a condition characterized by mental retardation, typical facial changes and broad thumbs and big toes. The cause is unknown; almost all cases are sporadic. We describe a mother and son with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome. Literature search documented at least 413 cases with 558 sibs. An affected offspring has occurred at least twice, possibly six times. In 45 yet undescribed Dutch cases no recurrence was found in 94 sibs. A submicroscopic chromosome deletion seems the most probable explanation, but other alternatives may be possible.

Key words

Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome Familial 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. C. M. Hennekam
    • 1
  • E. J. P. Lommen
    • 2
  • J. L. M. Strengers
    • 3
  • H. G. Van Spijker
    • 1
  • T. M. G. Jansen-Kokx
    • 4
  1. 1.Clinical Genetics Center UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PaediatricsSt. Joseph ZiekenhuisEindhovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of PaediatricsCatharina ZiekenhuisEindhovenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Social Service for the Mentally RetardedEindhovenThe Netherlands

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