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Werner syndrome associated with acroosteolysis


Werner syndrome (WS) is an autosomal recessive syndrome characterized by genomic instability that affects multiple body systems. The characteristic features of the disease include growth retardation, short stature, alopecia, scleroderma, atrophic skin with ulcerations, infertility, cataracts, premature arteriolosclerosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and increased risk of malignancies. Werner syndrome protein (WRN) protein deficiency in this disease causes changes in gene expression, similar to those observed in normal aging. As the median age of death in WS is the fourth or fifth decade of life, early diagnosis leads to a better screening opportunity for malignancies. Herein, we present a 28-year-old woman who presented with growth arrest, dyspigmentation, and acroosteolysis and was later diagnosed with Werner syndrome.

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