Fryns syndrome: another example of non-lethal outcome with severe mental handicap.Genet Couns. 1992; 3(4):187-93.GC
In this report we present clinical data of a patient with Fryns syndrome who survived the neonatal period. Two sibs died intra-uterine. The syndrome is characterized by craniofacial dysmorphism, diaphragmatic hernia and distal limb hypoplasia. Lethality in most cases is caused by the diaphragmatic hernia with concomitant lung hypoplasia. In patients with Fryns syndrome presenting without the diaphragmatic defect and lung-hypoplasia, survival beyond the neonatal period is possible; mental retardation is present in all four patients described so far. This report illustrates, once more, the great intrafamilial variation of the syndrome and emphasises its important consequences for genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis.