Sebaceous nevus syndrome: Report of two cases

Eugenio V. Bonioli, Antonella Bertola, Antonio Di Stefano, Carlo Bellini

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Sebaceous nevus (SN) syndrome is a neurocutaneous disorder characterized by a distinctive skin lesion in association with epilepsy and mental retardation. In one group of patients, brain lesions may be consequent to vascular abnormalities ('vascular variant'); another group of SN patients presents ipsilateral hemimegalencephaly, gyral anomalies, and facial hemihypertrophy ('neurologic variant' or 'SN with hemimegalencephaly'). In the latter group, facial hemihypertrophy does not appear to be a constant feature and was not present in our 2 SN patients with hemimegalencephaly. Considering that about half of the SN patients with hemimegalencephaly described so far do not have facial asymmetry, we suggest the existence of a separate subgroup of SN patients with hemimcgalencephaly and without facial hemihypertrophy. In these patients, the only clinical diagnostic clue is a nevus that is barely visible until puberty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-79
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neurology


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