Variable Clinical Manifestations of Xia-Gibbs syndrome: Findings of Consecutively Identified Cases at a Single Children's Hospital

Am J Med Genet A. 2018 Sep;176(9):1890-1896. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.40380. Epub 2018 Aug 27.


Xia-Gibbs syndrome (XGS) is a recently described neurodevelopmental disorder due to heterozygous loss-of-function AHDC1 mutations. XGS is characterized by global developmental delay, intellectual disability, hypotonia, and sleep abnormalities. Here we report the clinical phenotype of five of six individuals with XGS identified prospectively at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a tertiary children's hospital in the USA. Although all five patients demonstrated common clinical features characterized by developmental delay and characteristic facial features, each of our patients showed unique clinical manifestations. Patient one had craniosynostosis; patient two had sensorineural hearing loss and bicuspid aortic valve; patient three had cutis aplasia; patient four had soft, loose skin; and patient five had a lipoma. Differential diagnoses considered for each patient were quite broad, and included craniosynostosis syndromes, connective tissue disorders, and mitochondrial disorders. Exome sequencing identified a heterozygous, de novo AHDC1 loss-of-function mutation in four of five patients; the remaining patient has a 357kb interstitial deletion of 1p36.11p35.3 including AHDC1. Although it remains unknown whether these unique clinical manifestations are rare symptoms of XGS, our findings indicate that the diagnosis of XGS should be considered even in individuals with additional non-neurological symptoms, as the clinical spectrum of XGS may involve such non-neurological manifestations. Adding to the growing literature on XGS, continued cohort studies are warranted in order to both characterize the clinical spectrum of XGS as well as determine standard of care for patients with this diagnosis.

Keywords: AHDC1; Xia-Gibbs syndrome; connective tissue disorder; craniosynostosis; exome sequencing; neurodevelopmental disorder; sensorineural hearing loss.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alleles
  • Biological Variation, Population
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Facies
  • Female
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genotype
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mutation
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders / genetics*
  • Phenotype*
  • Symptom Assessment
  • Syndrome
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Genetic Markers