Published: 2021-06-24

Jarcho-Levin syndrome term baby with recurrent apnea

Sahana Devadas, Varun Govindarajan, Anil Kumar Hanumanna, Chethana Gowda, Mallesh Kariyappa


Jarcho-Levin syndrome or spondylocostal dysostosis, is a rare axial skeleton anomaly due to mutation in genes involved in somitic segmentation during embryogenesis. We describe a term, newborn baby with antenatally detected midthoracic lordotic deformity with skeletal features of multiple rib anomalies and vertebral defects, but with normal limb lengths. Baby had recurrent apnea requiring non-invasive ventilation and was successfully weaned to room air within 2 days. This syndrome is underdiagnosed and we wish to highlight the simple process involved in making a clinico-radiological diagnosis.


Skeletal dysplasia, Spondylothoracic dysplasia, Jarcho Levin syndrome, Polythelia, Hemivertebra, Rib anomaly

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