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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-83  

Ambras syndrome with gingival hyperplasia: A rare entity

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Mamata Dental College and Hospital, Khammam, Telangana, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Mamata Dental College and Hospital, Khammam, Telangana, India

Date of Web Publication9-Aug-2016

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Kotya Naik Maloth
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Mamata Dental College and Hospital, Khammam - 507 002, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.188036

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Ambras syndrome is a rare and special form of congenital hypertrichosis, characterized by dysmorphic facial features and familial pattern of inheritance. It is rarely associated with gingival hyperplasia. We report such a rare entity in a 38-year-old female patient with a history of consanguinity and positive family history.

Keywords: Coarse facies, congenital hypertrichosis, dysmorphic facial features, gingival hyperplasia

How to cite this article:
Reddy Kundoor VK, Maloth KN, Kesidi S, Moni T. Ambras syndrome with gingival hyperplasia: A rare entity. Int J Trichol 2016;8:81-3

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Reddy Kundoor VK, Maloth KN, Kesidi S, Moni T. Ambras syndrome with gingival hyperplasia: A rare entity. Int J Trichol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Jan 29];8:81-3. Available from: https://www.ijtrichology.com/text.asp?2016/8/2/81/188036

   Introduction Top

Ambras syndrome (AS) is a rare and special form of congenital hypertrichosis, associated with dysmorphic facial features and a familial pattern of inheritance.[1] It was first reported in 1993 by Baumeister et al.[2] Till date, only ten cases of AS are reported according to literature,[3] of which two cases were associated with structural changes of chromosome 8, involving the region 8q22-24.[2] Association of gingival hyperplasia with AS is a rare entity witnessed in the present case, and to the best of our knowledge and review of literature, this association has not been reported till date. Hereby, we are reporting such a rare case in a 38-year-old female.

   Case Report Top

A 38-year-old female patient reported to the department with a chief complaint of pain associated with decayed tooth in the lower right back region of the jaw, since 2 days. On general physical examination entire body including the face, hands, back, and external ear were covered with fine, light colored hair sparing the palms, soles, and mucosa. She gives a history of daily removal of hair by shaving. She also had dysmorphic facial features such as triangular facies and coarse features, hypertelorism, a wide and prominent nasal root, a large interalar distance, round nasal tip, and anteverted nostrils. [Figure 1] and [Figure 2] depict these features.
Figure 1: Dysmorphic facial features: (a and b) bulbous nose (c) triangular face

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Figure 2: Hypertrichosis on the hands

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The patient gives a history of her parents had second degree consanguinity. The antenatal period was uneventful, where there was no history of drug intake by her mother or radiation exposure. She gave a positive family history of her male sibling and maternal grandfather.

On intraoral examination, there was generalized gingival hyperplasia causing displacement of maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth with high arched palate and dental caries in relation to 46 [Figure 3].
Figure 3: Generalized gingival hyperplasia: (a) bulbous gingiva (b) high arch palate

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Baseline investigations such as complete blood picture and hormonal analysis were noncontributory. Genetic analysis was advised, but the patient did not get it done due to financial constraints. Radiographical examination such as orthopantamogram [Figure 4] revealed impacted teeth in relation to 12, 22 and generalized interdental bone loss. Based on the history and clinical findings correlating with the previous literature, it was diagnosed as AS with gingival hyperplasia.
Figure 4: Orthopantomograph reveals generalized interdental bone loss

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   Discussion Top

The first recorded case of AS is believed to be that of Petrus Gonzales in 1556, and Ambras name was given as his family portraits were discovered in Ambras Castle among an art collection started by the Archduke Ferdinand II (1529–1595).[1],[4],[5] This syndrome was first reported by Baumeister et al. in 1993,[2],[5] and the second case by Balducci et al.[5],[6]

AS differs from other types of generalized hypertrichosis in that it has a distinctive pattern of the hair distribution, facial dysmorphism, and familial pattern of inheritance. The proposed genetic etiology for AS results alterations in chromosome 8 as analyzed in 2 out of 10 cases so far with pericentric inversion, inv(8)(p11.2q22),[2],[5] or paracentric inversion inv(8)(q12q22),[5],[6] or more complex insertion of the q23-24 region into a more proximal region of the long arm of chromosome 8. Downregulation of TRPS1 expression is the another probable cause of hypertrichosis in AS.[7]

This condition affects both the sexes without any racial and geographical distribution. Clinically, it manifests mucocutaneous as long, fine, vellus hair covering the entire body, sparing the palms, soles, mucous membranes, dorsal terminal phalanges and associated with dysmorphic facial features such as triangular, coarse face, broad palpebral fissures, bushy eyebrows, hypertelorism, prominent bulbous nose, round nasal tip, large interalar distance, anteverted nares, and flat sulcus mentolabialis. Dental abnormalities such as anodontia, delayed primary, and secondary dentition may occur,[1],[2],[8] and rarely associated with postaxial rudimentary hexadactyly and multiple exostosis,[3],[8] apart from above features the present case is associated with gingival hyperplasia, which is a rare entity. The diagnosis of AS is strictly based on clinical features.[1],[5]

The management of AS patients requires multidisplinary approach, as it is associated with multiple system involvement. The main goal of therapy for AS is to improve the appearance (esthetics) of the affected person and concerned to hypertrichosis management, long-term removal of hair poses to be challenging to patients. Based on the degree of hair growth, the patient's psychology and issue of social acceptance, the various methods for hair removal are epilatory methods such as mechanical and electronic tweezers, depilatory methods which include chemical bleaching and new therapies like lasers. The most promising therapy which induces retardation of hair growth is by eflornithine hydrochloride, ornithine decarboxylase inhibitor 13.9% cream.[1],[8],[9] In this case reported, has all the clinical features of AS of Baumeister type with gingival hyperplasia and positive family history.

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The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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   References Top

Malwade S, Gupta M, Agarkhedkar SR. Ambras syndrome. Med J DY Patil Univ 2015;8:271-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Baumeister FA, Egger J, Schildhauer MT, Stengel-Rutkowski S. Ambras syndrome: Delineation of a unique hypertrichosis universalis congenita and association with a balanced pericentric inversion (8) (p11.2; q22) Clin Genet 1993;44:121-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
Belengeanu V, Rozsnyai K, Gug C, Banateanu M, Farcas S, Belengeanu A. Ambras syndrome: Report on two affected siblings with no prior family history. Clin Dysmorphol 2004;13:265-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
Auer, Alfred, Sandbichler V, Karl S, Beaufort Spontin C. Ambras Castle. Milan, Vienna: Electa, Kunsthistorisches Museum. 2000.  Back to cited text no. 4
Rashid RM, White LE. A hairy development in hypertrichosis: A brief review of Ambras syndrome. Dermatol Online J 2007;13:8.  Back to cited text no. 5
Balducci R, Toscano V, Tedeschi B, Mangiantini A, Toscano R, Galasso C, et al. A new case of Ambras syndrome associated with a paracentric inversion (8) (q12; q22) Clin Genet 1998;53:466-8.  Back to cited text no. 6
Fantauzzo KA, Tadin-Strapps M, You Y, Mentzer SE, Baumeister FA, Cianfarani S, et al. A position effect on TRPS1 is associated with Ambras syndrome in humans and the Koala phenotype in mice. Hum Mol Genet 2008;17:3539-51.  Back to cited text no. 7
Bubna AK, Veeraraghavan M, Anandan S, Rangarajan S. Congenital generalized hypertrichosis, gingival hyperplasia, a coarse facies with constriction bands: A rare association. Int J Trichology 2015;7:67-71.  Back to cited text no. 8
Scott MJ Jr., Scott MJ 3rd, Scott AM. Epilation. Cutis 1990;46:2167.  Back to cited text no. 9


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