Brachydactyly type A1 (Farabee type)

Brachydactyly type A1 or Farabee type brachydactyly is a subtype of brachydactyly. It was the first human anomaly recognised to have a mendelian pattern of inheritance. The anomaly is characterised by hypoplasia or aplasia of middle phalanges of the second to fifth digits in hands and feet and proximal phalanges of the thumbs and great toes. Fusion of hypoplastic middle phalanges and distal phalanges also can be seen which is known as terminal symphalangism. There may be a single palmar crease. Abnormalities can occur in metacarpals and metatarsals also and all these findings are typically symmetrical.

It is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Some cases occur due to a heterozygous missense mutation in the gene Indian hedgehog (IHH) located on chromosome 2q. which is responsible for cartilage growth, maturation and differentiation.

In addition to above-described features, affected individuals can have short stature, nystagmus, microcephaly, mental retardation, vertebral abnormalities and other skeletal malformations.

On radiographs, middle phalanges of fingers and toes and proximal phalanges of thumbs and great toes appear hypoplastic or absent. Epiphysis of affected phalanges may be absent or dysmorphic and prematurely fused. There can be sloping of the distal radius, ulna and/or tibia, hypoplasia or aplasia of ulnar styloid.

This anomaly was first described by Farabee and Drinkwater et. al. in 1903.

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Type A1 brachydactyly
  • Brachydactyly type A1
  • Farabee type brachydactyly

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