Otospondylomegaepiphyseal dysplasia (OSMED) is an autosomal recessive skeletal dysplasia accompanied by severe hearing loss. The phenotype overlaps that of the autosomal dominant disorders-Stickler and Marshall syndromes-but can be distinguished by disproportionately short limbs, severe hearing loss, and lack of ocular involvement. In one family with OSMED, a homozygous Gly-->Arg substitution has been described in COL11A2, which codes for the alpha2 chain of type XI collagen. We report seven further families with OSMED. All affected individuals had a remarkably similar phenotype: profound sensorineural hearing loss, skeletal dysplasia with limb shortening and large epiphyses, cleft palate, an extremely flat face, hypoplasia of the mandible, a short nose with anteverted nares, and a flat nasal bridge. We screened affected individuals for mutations in COL11A2 and found different mutations in each family. Individuals from four families, including three with consanguineous parents, were homozygous for mutations. Individuals from three other families, in whom parents were nonconsanguineous, were compound heterozygous. Of the 10 identified mutations, 9 are predicted to cause premature termination of translation, and 1 is predicted to cause an in-frame deletion. We conclude that the OSMED phenotype is highly homogenous and results from homozygosity or compound heterozygosity for COL11A2 mutations, most of which are predicted to cause complete absence of alpha2(XI) chains.