Familial occurrence of cerebral gigantism, Sotos' syndrome

Acta Paediatr Scand. 1976 May;65(3):387-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1976.tb04902.x.


Since the original description of cerebral gigantism, about 85 cases have been reported. Four papers comment on familial occurrence but never in parents and their children. This paper describes the syndrome in a mother and her child, which, together with facts pointing towards prenatal etiology, such as excessive birthweight, striking mutual resemblance and abnormal dermatoglyphics, points to a genetic defect. Previous endocrine studies are enlarged by the findings of normal serum somatomedin and serum prolactin.

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple
  • Acromegaly / blood
  • Acromegaly / genetics*
  • Brain Diseases / blood
  • Brain Diseases / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gigantism / blood
  • Gigantism / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Prolactin / blood
  • Somatomedins / blood
  • Syndrome


  • Somatomedins
  • Prolactin