DK Phocomelia Syndrome
Type of disease: Rare conditions
DK phocomelia syndrome is a very rare disorder characterized by shortened or absent arms (phocomelia), sac-like protrusions of the brain and the membranes that cover it through openings in the skull (encephalocele), variable brain abnormalities, urogenital abnormalities, and abnormally low platelets (thrombocytopenia). Intellectual development is usually normal. As of May 2010, less than 15 cases have been reported. The exact cause of this condition is unknown; but autosomal recessive inheritance has been suggested. Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.