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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 755-757
Overlap of Sturge-Weber syndrome and Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome

Department of Pediatric Medicine, NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India

Date of Web Publication14-Jan-2012

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Tryambak Samanta
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.91848

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Sturge-Weber syndrome is a rare sporadic condition of mesodermal phakomatosis, characterized by purple-colored flat cutaneous cranial (face) hemangiomas (most commonly along the trigeminal nerve), glaucoma and vascular lesions in the ipsilateral brain and meninges. Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is also an uncommon mesodermal phakomatosis characterized by a triad of cutaneous and visceral hemangiomas, venous varicosities and soft tissue or bone hypertrophy. Sturge-Weber syndrome in combination with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is unusual. Because of the rarity, we report here a 3-year-old boy who presented with overlapping features of both the syndromes.

Keywords: Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, Sturge-Weber syndrome, Nevus flammeus, Hemangioma

How to cite this article:
Purkait R, Samanta T, Sinhamahapatra T, Chatterjee M. Overlap of Sturge-Weber syndrome and Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. Indian J Dermatol 2011;56:755-7

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Purkait R, Samanta T, Sinhamahapatra T, Chatterjee M. Overlap of Sturge-Weber syndrome and Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Feb 24];56:755-7. Available from:

   Introduction Top

 Sturge- Weber syndrome More Details More Details (SWS) is a mesodermal phakomatosis characterized by a port-wine vascular nevus on the upper part of the face, leptomeningeal angiomatosis that involves one or both hemispheres, choroidal vascular lesions associated with glaucoma, early onset seizure, neurologic deterioration and eventual neurodevelopmental delay. [1] Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) also, a mesodermal phakomatosis is characterized by a triad of vascular malformation, venous varicosity and hyperplasia of soft tissue and bone of the affected limb. [2] Both the syndromes occur almost always sporadically. Patients with overlapping features of SWS and KTS have been reported; [3],[4] however, it is extremely rare. We report here an unusual case of a 3-year-old boy with features of both SWS and KTS.

   Case Report Top

A 3-year-old male child, who was a product of nonconsanguineous marriage, presented in our pediatric emergency with generalized tonic colonic seizures. History revealed that he had a first episode of right-sided focal convulsion at the age of 9 months, and since then, he had been on an anticonvulsant therapy. Developmental history suggested delayed milestones. Physical examination revealed that there was extensive port-wine staining over both sides of his face, extending to both lower eyelids and cheeks, with an area of bluish gray pigmentation of the episclera [Figure 1]a-b. The nevus flammeus descended on to the neck, chest and both the legs (from thighs to soles). His right lower limb showed a relative hypertrophy [Figure 1]c. There was a difference of 2 cm in length (right:left 39:37 cm) and 4.5 cm in circumference of both lower limbs (right:left 29.5:25 cm). Dilated superficial veins were noted over medial aspect of the foot as well as lateral aspect of the lower limb on the right side.
Figure 1: (a) Extensive port-wine stain distributed over both sides of face, trunk and limbs; (b) bluish gray pigmentation of the episclera; (c) soft tissue as well as bony hypertrophy of right lower limb

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The hematologic, biochemical, and urinary laboratory tests were normal. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed no abnormality. Doppler USG of vessels of the lower extremities showed narrowing with less blood flow on right-sided venous system compared to the left. Ophthalmoscopy showed glaucomatous cupping of the disc with tortuous retinal blood vessels, more on the left side compared to right. On cranial computed tomography (CT) scan, there was atrophy in both the hemispheres along with gyral calcification on the left side. Ground glass appearance of skull bones with mild cortical thickening was also noted [Figure 2]a. Contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed evidence of leptomeningeal angiomatosis in the left fronto-parieto-temporal region and enlarged ipsilateral choroid plexus [Figure 2]b. MRI angiography of cerebral vessels did not demonstrate any arteriovenous communications. Electroencephalography (EEG) showed multiple epileptiform foci on both sides and voltage suppression on the left hemisphere. The patient was diagnosed to have SWS in association with KTS, according to the results of physical examination and neuroimaging.
Figure 2: (a) Atrophy in both the hemispheres along with gyral calcification of the left side; (b) leptomeningeal angiomatosis and enlarged choroid plexus of the ipsilateral hemisphere

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   Discussion Top

SWS is a rare neurocutaneous syndrome with a frequency of approximately 1 per 50,000. [5] Encephalofacial angiomatosis [6] or encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis are used as synonyms of the syndrome as angiomas involve the leptomeninges and skin of the face, typically in the ophthalmic and maxillary distributions of the trigeminal nerve.

The classical KTS was first described by Klippel and Trenaunay in 1900. Parkes Weber syndrome is distinct from KTS by the presence of arteriovenous malformation which indicates a bad prognosis. Thus, the term Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome is an inappropriate one. [7],[8] KTS affects males more often than females, with an incidence of about 2-5 per 100,000.

The exact pathogeneses of these syndromes are still not clearly elucidated. [9] There are suggestions that the majority of cases result from somatic mutations involving genes that play significant roles in embryonic vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. [10],[11],[12]

It was Schnyder et al.[13] who first bridged the gaps between these three syndromes, i.e. Klippel-Trenaunay, Parkes-Weber and Sturge-Weber syndromes. They suggested that these three syndromes are variants with a common feature of local gigantism and hemangioma. Involvement of the head and neck with manifestations of meningeal angiomatosis causing epileptic fits and choroidal hemangioma or glaucoma result in a presentation of SWS. Local gigantism and hemangioma of the limbs with osteohypertrophy presents as Klippel-Trenaunay or Parkes-Weber syndrome, depending on whether there are peripheral varices which cause KTS or arteriovenous anastomoses which would result in a picture of Parkes-Weber syndrome. It suggests that the basic pathology of all the three is the same but different presentations are observed depending on differential involvement. The other features of the syndromes are supposed to be secondary to the primary involvement of the neuro-ectodermal vasculature.

Our patient presented with nevus flammeus on both sides of face, back and leg, leptomeningeal angiomatosis on left hemisphere, convulsion and congenital glaucoma, which were consistent with SWS. He had also soft tissue as well as bony hypertrophy of the right leg along with dilated superficial veins of the affected limb, which were compatible with KTS. The uniqueness of this case was that the manifestations of SWS were more on the left side but those of KTS were exclusively on the right side. There have been sporadic case reports of association of these two syndromes. [3],[4],[14] However, to the best of our knowledge, contralateral involvement of the two syndromes in the same patient has not yet been documented.

   References Top

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3.Deutsch J, Weissenbacher G, Widhalm K, Wolf G, Barsegar B. Combination of the syndrome of the Sturge-Weber and the syndrome of Klippel-Trenaunay. Klin Pediatr 1976;188:464-71.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Lee CW, Choi DY, Oh YG, Yoon HS, Kim JD. An Infantile Case of Sturge-Weber Syndrome in Association with Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome and Phakomatosis Pigmentovascularis. J Korean Med Sci 2005;20:1082-4.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Haslam Robert HA. Sturge-Weber disease, In: Behrman RE, Kliegman RM, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, editors. Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics.18 th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2008. p. 2487.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Moe P, Seay AR. Neurologic and muscular disorders. In: Hay WW, Hayward AR, Levin MJ, Sondheimer JM, editors. Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment. 16 th ed. Singapore: McGraw Hill; 2003. p. 717-92.  Back to cited text no. 6
7.Atherton DJ. Naevi and other developmental defects. Vascular naevi. In: Champion RH, Burton JL, Burns DA, Breathnach SM, editors. Rook's Textbook of Dermatology. 6 th ed. London: Oxford Blackwell Scientific Publications; 1998. p. 585-8.  Back to cited text no. 7
8.Grevelink SV, Mulliken JB. Vascular Anomalies and Tumours of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissues. In: Freedburg IM, Eisen AZ, Wolff K, Austen KF, Goldsmith LA, Katz SI, editors. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 6 th ed. New York: Mc Graw Hill, 2003. p. 1002-19  Back to cited text no. 8
9.Garzon MC, Huang JT, Enjolras O, Frieden IJ. Vascular malformations Part II: Associated syndromes. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007;56:541-64.  Back to cited text no. 9
10.Madaan V, Dewan V, Ramaswamy S, Sharma A. Behavioral manifestations of sturge-weber syndrome: A case report. J Clin Psychiatry 2006;8:198-200.  Back to cited text no. 10
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12.Tian XL, Kadaba R, You SA, Liu M, Timur AA, Yang L, et al. Identification of an angiogenic factor that when mutated causes susceptibility to Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. Nature 2004;427:640-5.  Back to cited text no. 12
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