Aortic dissection, patent ductus arteriosus, iris hypoplasia and brachytelephalangy in a male adolescent

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We describe a 14-year-old male with dissection of the descending aorta, bilateral iris hypoplasia, striae distensae and brachytelephalangy, the latter being most marked in the thumbs. Inguinal hcrniae and a patent ductus arteriosus were surgically repaired in infancy. The pattern of abnormalities may constitute a previously undescribed syndrome. The proband died suddenly at the age of 17 years.

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