Beals-Hecht Syndrome

Also known as

  • Beals syndrome
  • congenital contractural arachnodactyly
  • arthrogryposis
  • distal arthrogyropsis type 9

A sister condition to Marfans.

Condition details

A disorder that affects many parts of the body. People with this condition typically are tall with long limbs and long, slender fingers and toes. They often have permanently bent joints that can restrict movement in their hips, knees, ankles, or elbows. Additional features include underdeveloped muscles, a rounded upper back that also curves to the side , permanently bent fingers and toes , ears that look "crumpled," and a protruding chest.

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Typical age range of first manifestation

  • Can manifest in Baby
  • Does not manifest in Toddler
  • Does not manifest in Child 4-10
  • Does not manifest in Child 10-18
  • Does not manifest in Adult


Affected genes identified to date

  • Fbn2

Inheritance patterns

Is Autosomal dominant

Are carriers affected?

No as usually at least one parent has the condition

How many are affected?

1 in 10,000

Support groups and organisations

No groups found

Known experts

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