Nicolaides–Baraitser syndrome




Nicolaides–Baraitser syndrome (NCBRS) is a rare genetic condition caused by de novo missense mutations in the SMARCA2 gene and has only been reported in less than 100 cases worldwide. NCBRS is a distinct condition and well recognizable once the symptoms have been identified.


The most common symptoms of Nicolaides–Baraitser syndrome are mild to severe developmental delays with absent or limited speech, seizures, short stature, sparse hair, typical facial characteristics,brachydactyly, and prominent finger joints and broad distal phalanges.


No specific treatment is available for Niemann-Pick with care being mostly supportive. Anecdotally, organ transplant has been attempted with limited success. Future prospects include enzyme replacement and gene therapy. There is variable severity of presentation seen with patients in the most severe subtypes having an average life expectancy of two years