A to Z of syndromes

A-Z of syndromes: Ito syndrome

How to recognise and support children with this rare genetic condition

How to recognise and support children with this rare genetic condition.

Children with Ito syndrome have the common feature of unusual pigmentation in a characteristic swirling pattern located around the trunk and with line-like patterns down the legs and arms.

The cause of this is unknown, but it is thought that the condition occurs because of a post-conceptual change in the DNA of the individual. Although it is a genetic disease it is not thought to be inherited. Parents can be assured that there is little chance of reoccurrence in a subsequent child.

Pigmentation issues

Changes in the DNA alters the cells responsible for pigmentation and there is a trajectory of severity that will impact on the level of care, treatments and management the infant and family


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