Immunodeficiency in a Patient With Baller-Gerald Syndrome: A Reason for Early Demise?

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We describe the case of a 37-week-old, small-for-gestational-age, white baby girl born with Baller-Gerold syndrome (BGS), with craniosynostosis and partial absence of the corpus callosum, absent radius, and syndactyly. She died at 2 months of age because of overwhelming sepsis that appeared to be due to an underlying humoral immunodeficiency. Unexpected sudden death has been reported in patients with BGS, but there has been no previous documentation of immunodeficiency. We suggest that a basic immunologic and hematologic workup should be part of the standard of care of all patients affected with BGS or related syndromes.

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