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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 258-260  

Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome: A rare case report

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication9-Mar-2020

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Bhagyashree B Supekar
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur - 440 009, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_108_19

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Tomar SS, Supekar BB, Mukhi J, Singh RP. Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome: A rare case report. Indian Dermatol Online J 2020;11:258-60

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Tomar SS, Supekar BB, Mukhi J, Singh RP. Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome: A rare case report. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 6];11:258-60. Available from: http://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2020/11/2/258/261690


The Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RTS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by mental retardation, microcephaly, specific facial characteristics, broad thumbs and big toes.[1] Diagnosis is often difficult due to its rarity and non-familiarity with the classical features of this syndrome. Cutaneous findings such as capillary malformations, hirsutism, keloid formation, and pilomatricomas have been described previously in association with RTS.[2] We report a case of RTS with multiple keloids along with classical features of the disorder in a 30-year male.

A 30-year-old male born out of non-consanguineous marriage presented to our department with multiple dark flat shiny lesions over chest and both feet since 10 years. The lesions were associated with occasional itching. There was no obvious history of preceding trauma, injections or burns on the site of the lesions. He also had a history of difficulty in speech and poor learning abilities. No similar history was present in any of the family members.

Thorough physical examinations including anthropometric measurements were within normal limits. Rest of the systemic examination including detailed neurological, genitourinary, audiological and skeletal examination was unremarkable.

On cutaneous examination, patient had dysmorphic face with micrognathism, microstomia, microtia and low set ears, thick eyebrows and prominent beaked nose [Figure 1]. Multiple well-defined hyperpigmented shiny keloidal scars were present over chest and bilateral feet [Figure 2]a, [Figure 2]b. Other abnormalities included the presence of broad thumbs and halluces [Figure 3]a, [Figure 3]b. Oral examination showed the presence of high-arched palate and malpositioned teeth [Figure 4]a, [Figure 4]b.
Figure 1: Dysmorphic face with micrognathism, microstomia, microtia and low set ears, thick eyebrows and prominent beaked nose

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Figure 2: Multiple well-defined hyperpigmented shiny keloidal scars were present over chest (a) and feet (b)

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Figure 3: Broad thumbs (a) and halluces (b)

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Figure 4: High-arched palate (a) and malpositioned teeth (b)

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Psychiatric evaluation was suggestive of delay in linguistic, social and intellectual milestones which was evident as difficulty in reading, writing, calculation and poor conversation skills.

Based on history and clinical examination, differential diagnoses of RTS, Goemenni syndrome, Dubowitz syndrome, Cornelia de lange syndrome and Floating harbour syndrome were considered [Table 1].
Table 1: Differential diagnoses for clinical presentation as in index case

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Routine haematological investigations were normal. Chest X-ray and electrocardiography revealed no abnormality. X-ray of feet was suggestive of abnormal soft tissue swelling with radial deviation of hallux [Figure 5]a, [Figure 5]b, while X-ray of wrist revealed no significant abnormality. Orthopentogram was suggestive of generalised microdontia and absence of lingual fossa (Talon Cusps). Opthalmological examination showed aphakia. Skin biopsy from lesion over chest revealed increased number of thick collagen fibres arranged in bundles in the reticular dermis, which was consistent with keloid. Genetic analysis could not be done in this patient due to lack of financial resources.
Figure 5: X-ray of right foot (a) and left foot (b) was suggestive of abnormal soft tissue swelling (yellow arrow) with radial deviation of hallux (white arrow)

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Based on the history, clinical features and investigations a diagnosis of RTS was made. Patient was referred to psychiatrist for behavioural therapy and ophthalmologist for correction of aphakia.

RTS also known as Broad Thumb-Hallux syndrome was first described by Michail et al. in 1957 and then a case series of seven cases was reported by Rubinstein and Taybi in 1963.[1] It is caused by a mutation in either CREB-binding protein (CBP) or E1A-binding protein present in the chromosome 16p13.3. The occurrence of disease is mostly sporadic and its incidence has been reported to be 1:100,000-125,000 at birth. Additional features can include eye abnormalities, heart and kidney defects, dental problems and obesity.[3] Dermatological manifestations which have been most frequently described include hirsutism and capillary malformations. Other unusual manifestations encountered in RTS includes keloids, thick and high-arched eyebrows with long eyelashes, brown spots in the lumbar region, transverse palmar creases, abnormal dermatoglyphics, spatulate nails, chronic paronychia, supernumerary nipples, keratosis pilaris and atopic eczema.[4] Keloids in RTS were first described by Kurwa.[5] Diagnosis mainly depends upon the presence of classical clinical features of the syndrome. Treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach. Treatment of extensive keloids is often disappointing. These patients are also at increased risk of developing meningioma, other brain tumours and leukaemia, thus early diagnosis and recognition of malignancy can aid in successful life saving interventions.[6]

We report a case of 30-year-old male with RTS with presence of multiple extensive keloids without any systemic manifestation. There is paucity of Indian literature describing this entitiy. Patients presenting with multiple spontaneous keloids, facial dysmorphism, broad thumbs or halluces and history of mental retardation should be investigated in detail, keeping a possibility of RTS in mind. The patients are prone to systemic malignancies and metastases which should be screened for and detected at the earliest so that prompt management can be initiated.

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Dr. Kinjal D. Rambhia Assistant Professor Department of Dermatology HBT Medical College and Dr. RN Cooper Hospital, Juhu, Mumbai.[10]

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