Morquio Syndrome                              Orient Journal of Medicine                              Vol 31 [1-2] Jan-June, 2019

Morquio Syndrome: A Report of a Rare Disease and Literature Review

Edwin M DIM1
Michael E UGBEYE 2
Uchenna E DIM 3

1Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Faculty of Clinical Sciences University of Uyo/ University of Uyo Teaching Hospital Uyo, NIGERIA

2Arthroplasty Unit Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi Lagos, NIGERIA

3Nursing Services Division National Orthopaedic Hospital Lagos, NIGERIA

Author for Correspondence
Dr Edwin M DIM
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Faculty of Clinical Sciences University of Uyo/University of Uyo Teaching Hospital Uyo, NIGERIA

Phone: +234703 753 4952

Received: June 16th, 2018 Accepted: September 5th,

DISCLOSURE The authors have no conflict of interest in this report


Morquio syndrome is a rare multisystem disease that leads to severe functional impairment. Serious morbidities and potentially fatal conditions may be present following affectation of various organs. Musculoskeletal abnormalities, including short stature, spinal deformities, hip dysplasia, genu valgum, pectus carinatum, among other abnormalities, constitute the common mode of presentation. This is a case report of a 28-year old male Nigerian student with severe musculoskeletal deformities, who presented with a one- year history of right hip pain and inability to walk of 5 months duration. He was 1.16 metre (116cm) tall and weighed 27kg, with subluxed hips, absent femoral heads, spine deformities and dysplastic acetabula. All deformities observed in the patient fit into a clinical suspicion of Morquio syndrome.

Keywords: Morquio, Musculoskeletal deformities, Rare disease, Nigeria