Autopsy findings in the Wolcott-Rallison syndrome

Pediatr Pathol Lab Med. May-Jun 1997;17(3):487-96.


Wolcott-Rallison syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive condition characterized by diabetes mellitus arising in early infancy and multiple epiphyseal dysplasia. To date, nine cases have been described in the world literature. We report an affected girl who died at the age of 4 years and on whom a full autopsy was performed. In addition to neonatal diabetes mellitus and epiphyseal dysplasia, this child had mental retardation and recurrent episodes of self-limiting hepatic failure. Autopsy revealed severe pancreatic hypoplasia and markedly abnormal pancreatic histology, while histology of the bone was consistent with epiphyseal dysplasia. There was laryngeal stenosis and pulmonary hypoplasia. The heart was enlarged with mitral value dysplasia and stenosis, left atrial dilatation, left ventricular hypertrophy, and endocardial fibroelastosis. Examination of the central nervous system showed arrhinencephaly and cerebellar cortical dysplasia. The liver showed minor histological abnormalities but no features were present to account for the recurrent hepatic failure. In addition to Wolcott-Rallison syndrome this child had a deletion at 15q11-12 in 65% of her cells.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / genetics
  • Abnormalities, Multiple / pathology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chromosome Deletion
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / genetics
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / pathology*
  • Epiphyses / abnormalities*
  • Female
  • Genes, Recessive
  • Humans
  • Liver Failure, Acute / complications
  • Liver Failure, Acute / genetics
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis / complications
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis / genetics
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis / pathology
  • Osteochondrodysplasias / complications
  • Osteochondrodysplasias / genetics
  • Osteochondrodysplasias / pathology*
  • Pancreas / pathology
  • Syndrome