Branchio Oculo Facial Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • BOFS
  • Branchiooculofacial Syndrome
  • Hemangiomatous Branchial Clefts-Lip Pseudocleft Syndrome
  • Imperforate Nasolacrimal Duct, and Premature Aging Syndrome
  • Lip Pseudocleft-hemangiomatous Branchial Cyst Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Branchio-oculo-facial syndrome (BOFS) is a very rare genetic disorder that is apparent at birth (congenital). As of 2004, only about 50 cases of BOFS had been reported in the medical literature. The symptoms of most BOFS patients include the proliferation of blood vessels (hemangiomatous) in the lower neck or upper chest, low birth weight, retarded growth and some mental retardation. BOFS is characterized by the presence of a pseudocleft of the upper lip resembling a poorly repaired cleft lip, a malformed nose with a broad bridge and flattened tip, blockage of the tear ducts (lacrimal duct obstruction), malformed ears, lumps in the area of the neck or collarbone (branchial cleft sinuses) and/or linear skin lesions behind the ears. Often, affected individuals may have burn-like lesions behind the ears. However, even among the cases so far reported, the symptoms may vary from mild to severe forms. The disorder is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.

Resources

FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
P. O. Box 11082
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Tel: (423)266-1632
Fax: (423)267-3124
Tel: (800)332-2373
Email: faces@faces-cranio.org
Internet: http://www.faces-cranio.org

Let's Face It
University of Michigan
School of Dentistry / Dentistry Library
1011 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078
USA
Tel: (360)676-7325
Email: faceit@umich.edu
Internet: http://www.dent.umich.edu/faceit

Transposition of the Great Arteries
317 East 34th St.
#901
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)263-6656
Fax: (212)263-7534
Tel: (800)422-3223
Email: whitney@nffr.org
Internet: http://www.nffr.org

Lin, Angela E. M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Teratology Program
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617)732-4268
Fax: (617)264-6803
Email: ALIN@Partners.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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