Severe insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus in mandibuloacral dysplasia

Am J Dis Child. 1992 Jan;146(1):93-9. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160130095028.


Mandibuloacral dysplasia (MAD) is a syndrome with onset in midchildhood. The predominant characteristics of MAD include flexion contractures; mandibular hypoplasia; loss of body fat; atrophic, speckled skin; and progressive osteolysis of the clavicles. We studied three males with MAD. Each had lipodystrophy of the extremities, with sparing of the face and neck. All had moderate hyperlipidemia. In response to oral glucose, each had a diabetic response, with peak insulin levels between 2870 and 22,960 pmol/L. Insulin-stimulated glucose disposal was determined in two patients with MAD. At an insulin infusion rate of 120 mU/m2 per minute, glucose disposal was less than 25% of that measured at similar levels of insulinemia in nondiabetic control subjects, indicating marked insulin resistance in patients with MAD. The insulin resistance occurred without obesity, excessive levels of counterregulatory hormones, or anti-insulin-receptor antibodies. We suggest that MAD is a previously undescribed form of lipodystrophic insulin-resistant diabetes mellitus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Clavicle / abnormalities*
  • Contracture*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / genetics
  • Glucose / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Insulin Resistance* / genetics
  • Joints / abnormalities*
  • Lipodystrophy / complications*
  • Lipodystrophy / genetics
  • Lipodystrophy / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mandible / abnormalities*
  • Pedigree
  • Skin / pathology
  • Syndrome
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose