Young adult with Cantú syndrome: Dealing with a rare genetic skin disorder

Helen I. Roessler, Gijs Van Haaften, Mieke M. Van Haelst*

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This case report of a young adult with Cantú syndrome (CS) illustrates a remarkable journey of learning how to cope with symptom management and emotional impact associated with a rare skin condition. We describe a 20-year-old woman with a CS-related mutation in ABCC9 resulting in clinical manifestations, including congenital hypertrichosis, facial dysmorphism and cardiomegaly. As of yet, no treatment is available for CS. Little is known about the impact of CS and similar (skin) conditions on the life of affected individuals, and about their needs and preferences in this regard. Hence, we describe the psychosocial implications our case had to deal with immediately after her diagnosis. In addition, we outline her significant progress in managing disease-associated features and emotional stress prompted by considerable personal development and an increase in confidence. This example shows that a normal lifestyle is achievable for (newly diagnosed) individuals despite suffering from CS or a related skin disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere243118
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2021

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