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Bowen-Conradi syndrome

Prevalence estimates on Rare Medical Network websites are calculated based on data available from numerous sources, including US and European government statistics, the NIH, Orphanet, and published epidemiologic studies. Rare disease population data is recognized to be highly variable, and based on a wide variety of source data and methodologies, so the prevalence data on this site should be assumed to be estimated and cannot be considered to be absolutely correct.

<1 / 1 000 000

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Europe Estimated

Age of onset





Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.


Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


Not applicable


Other names (AKA)

Bowen Hutterite syndrome (formerly); Bowen-Conradi Hutterite syndrome; BWCNS


Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Nervous System Diseases


Bowen-Conradi syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder characterized by growth delays before birth, failure to thrive during infancy, and malformations of the head and facial area. Other physical abnormalities include small head, prominent nose, small chin, mild joint restriction, clinodactyly, camptodactyly, foot deformities, and/or undescended testes (cryptorchidism) in affected males. Some affected infants may also have kidney, brain, and/or other abnormalities. Many infants die within the first few months of life. This condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion.[1][2]


This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.

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80%-99% of people have these symptoms
Death in infancy
Infantile death
Lethal in infancy

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Feeding difficulties in infancy
Joint stiffness
Stiff joint
Stiff joints

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Abnormally small skull
Decreased circumference of cranium
Decreased size of skull
Reduced head circumference
Small head circumference

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Little lower jaw
Small jaw
Small lower jaw

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Prominent nose
Big nose
Disproportionately large nose
Increased nasal size
Increased size of nose
Large nose
Pronounced nose

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Severe global developmental delay
Severe postnatal growth retardation
Marked growth retardation
Severe growth delay in children
Severe postnatal growth failure

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Short stature
Decreased body height
Small stature

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Sloping forehead
Inclined forehead
Receding forehead

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30%-79% of people have these symptoms
Camptodactyly of finger
Permanent flexion of the finger
Clinodactyly of the 5th finger
Permanent curving of the pinkie finger
Undescended testes
Undescended testis

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Rocker bottom foot
Rocker bottom feet
Rocker-bottom feet
Rockerbottom feet

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Severe intrauterine growth retardation
Severe prenatal growth deficiency
5%-29% of people have these symptoms
Abnormal lung lobation
Abnormality of cardiovascular system morphology
Oral cleft
Cleft of the mouth
Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO
Abnormal joint morphology
Abnormal shape of joints
Abnormality of the joints
Anomaly of the joints

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Autosomal recessive inheritance
Small for gestational age
Birth weight less than 10th percentile
Low birth weight

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Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.

Testing Resources

  • The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) provides information about the genetic tests for this condition. The intended audience for the GTR is health care providers and researchers. Patients and consumers with specific questions about a genetic test should contact a health care provider or a genetics professional.

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These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.

Where to Start

  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Bowen-Conradi syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

In-Depth Information

  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Bowen-Conradi syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.


  1. Orphanet. Bowen-Conradi syndrome. 2004; https://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?Lng=EN&Expert=1270. Accessed 4/21/2011.
  2. Bowen Hutterite Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). https://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Bowen%20Hutterite%20Syndrome. Accessed 4/21/2011.