Lens opacities in Bloom syndrome: Case report and review of the literature

CEFLE K., OZTURK S., GOZUM N., Duman N. , MANTAR F., GULER K., ...More

OPHTHALMIC GENETICS, vol.28, no.3, pp.175-178, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13816810701389685
  • Title of Journal : OPHTHALMIC GENETICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-178


Bloom syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by proportionate short stature, photosensitivity, immunodeficiency, hypogonadism and a tendency to develop various malignancies. The greatly increased frequency of sister chromatid exchanges (reciprocal exchange of homologous segments between the two sister chromatids of a chromosome) is regarded as pathognomonic for BS. We describe an 18-year old girl who presented with short stature. She was diagnosed with BS based on an extremely increased frequency of sister chromatid exchanges. Ophthalmological examination revealed mild lens opacities bilaterally, which, to our knowledge, has not been previously reported to be associated with BS.