Aase syndrome is a rare disorder that involves anemia and certain joint and skeletal deformities.
Most cases of Aase syndrome occur without a known reason and are not passed down through families (inherited). However, some cases have been shown to be inherited.
The anemia in Aase syndrome is caused by poor development of the bone marrow, which is where blood cells are formed.
- Absent or small knuckles
- Cleft palate
- Decreased skin creases at finger joints
- Deformed ears
- Droopy eyelids
- Inability to fully extend the joints from birth (contracture deformity)
- Narrow shoulders
- Pale skin
- Triple-jointed thumbs
Blood transfusions are given in the first year of life to treat anemia. Prednisone has also been used to treat anemia associated with Aase syndrome. However, it should only be used after reviewing the benefits and risks with a doctor who has experience treating anemias.
A bone marrow transplant may be necessary if other treatment fails.
The anemia tends to improve with age.
There is no known prevention.