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Temtamy 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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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)

Dysmorphism, corpus callosum agenesis and colobomas; Craniofacial dysmorphism with ocular coloboma absent corpus callosum and aortic dilatation


Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Nervous System Diseases


Temtamy syndrome is a developmental neurological disorder, meaning that it affects the way the brain is formed and how well it functions. In most cases, the bundle of nerve fibers (the corpus callosum) that connects the two sides of the brain is partially or completely missing. Other symptoms may include seizures, changes in the size or function of the eyes, heart problems, intellectual disability, and developmental delay. The syndrome appears to be more common in people from the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia.[1][2][3]

Temtamy syndrome is caused by genetic changes (pathogenic variants or mutations) in the C12orf57 gene. The syndrome is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Diagnosis is based on observing symptoms of the syndrome and the results of brain imaging. The diagnosis can be confirmed with genetic testing. Treatment for Temtamy syndrome may include medications to treat seizures, as well as therapies to help manage developmental delays.[1][2][3]


Temtamy syndrome may affect the development of the brain, eyes, heart, and facial features. Children with Temtamy syndrome typically look different than other children. They may have a long face, widely-spaced eyes (hypertelorism), a large nose, and a small chin (micrognathia). Some children with Temtamy syndrome have relatively large heads (macrocephaly). These facial features may be present from birth. Other physical features of the syndrome may include having short fingers and toes (brachydactyly), bowed legs, or flat feet (pes planus).[1][2][3]

People with Temtamy syndrome may have differences in the brain that can be seen on brain imaging. The most common feature is having a part of the brain, called the corpus callosum, that is smaller than expected, completely absent, or may be unusually thick. The corpus callosum is the bundle of nerves fibers that allows information to easily and quickly travel from one side of the brain to the other (between the left and right hemisphere). Problems in the development of the white matter of the brain may also be present. The white matter is the part of the brain made up of nerve fibers and myelin. Myelin forms a fatty, protective layer around nerve fibers, insulating the fibers so nerve signals pass through quickly.[1][2][3] 

Other neurological symptoms of Temtamy syndrome can include seizures and intellectual disability. Children with Temtamy syndrome may have low muscle tone (hypotonia) and they may meet milestones such as sitting up or walking later than other children do (developmental delay). Some children with Temtamy syndrome have autism.[1][2][3]

Temtamy syndrome can also cause changes in the eyes, including changes in the tissues that form the eye (coloboma). Some people with Temtamy syndrome have one or both eyes that are smaller than expected (microphthalmia). These changes of the eyes may affect vision. Some people with Temtamy syndrome are born with heart problems because the heart did not form correctly.[1][2][3] 

The signs and symptoms of Temtamy syndrome can vary from person to person, even among members of the same family. This is a concept called variable expressivity.[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
Aplasia/Hypoplasia of the corpus callosum
Short fingers or toes
Chorioretinal coloboma
Birth defect that causes a hole in the innermost layer at the back of the eye
Global developmental delay
Wide-set eyes
Widely spaced eyes

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Intellectual disability
Mental deficiency
Mental retardation
Mental retardation, nonspecific

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Iris coloboma
Cat eye
Short toe
Short toes
Stubby toes

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30%-79% of people have these symptoms
Aortic aneurysm
Bulge in wall of large artery that carries blood away from heart
Coarse facial features
Coarse facial appearance
Convex nasal ridge
Beaked nose
Beaklike protrusion
Hooked nose
Polly beak nasal deformity

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Long, narrow head
Tall and narrow skull

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Genu varum
Outward bow-leggedness
Outward bowing at knees

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Long face
Elongation of face
Increased height of face
Increased length of face
Vertical elongation of face
Vertical enlargement of face
Vertical overgrowth of face

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Low-set ears
Low set ears
Lowset ears

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Increased size of skull
Large head
Large head circumference

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Little lower jaw
Small jaw
Small lower jaw

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Pes planus
Flat feet
Flat foot

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5%-29% of people have these symptoms
Abnormal palate morphology
Abnormality of the palate
Abnormality of the roof of the mouth

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Clinodactyly of the 5th finger
Permanent curving of the pinkie finger
Facial asymmetry
Asymmetry of face
Crooked face
Unsymmetrical face

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Joint hyperflexibility
Joints move beyond expected range of motion
Abnormally small eyeball
Corners of eye widely separated
Thick lower lip vermilion
Increased volume of lower lip
Plump lower lip
Prominent lower lip

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Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO
Agenesis of corpus callosum
Aortic regurgitation
Autosomal recessive inheritance
Dental crowding
Crowded teeth
Dental overcrowding
Overcrowding of teeth

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Downslanted palpebral fissures
Downward slanting of the opening between the eyelids
Frontal bossing
Generalized hypotonia
Decreased muscle tone
Low muscle tone

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Highly arched eyebrow
Arched eyebrows
Broad, arched eyebrows
High, rounded eyebrows
High-arched eyebrows
Thick, flared eyebrows

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Hip dislocation
Dislocated hips
Dislocation of hip

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Hypoplasia of teeth
Infantile onset
Onset in first year of life
Onset in infancy

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Intellectual disability, mild
Mental retardation, borderline-mild
Mild and nonprogressive mental retardation
Mild mental retardation

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Lens luxation
Dislocated lens
Long philtrum
Lop ear
Close sighted
Near sighted
Near sightedness

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Short 2nd toe
Short second toe
Talipes equinovarus
Club feet
Club foot

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Temtamy syndrome is caused by genetic changes (pathogenic variants or mutations) in the C12orf57 gene. This gene provides each cell with instructions to make a protein that is thought to be important in the development of the brain, eyes, heart, and face. When there are pathogenic variants in both copies of the C12orf57 gene, not enough working protein is made, or possibly no working protein is made. Without enough of this protein the brain, eyes, heart, and face do not form properly. However, the exact function of the C12orf57 gene is not completely understood.[1][2]


Temtamy syndrome may be suspected when a baby or child has symptoms of the syndrome including intellectual disabilitydevelopmental delay, problems with the eyes or heart, distinctive facial features, or seizures. Brain imaging such as an MRI may show changes in the way the corpus callosum or white matter of the brain developed.[3] Because Temtamy syndrome is so rare and many of its features are common to other syndromes, most children are diagnosed when they have a genetic test called whole exome sequencing. This test is used to look for genetic changes (mutations or pathogenic variants) in every gene of the body, including the C12orf57 gene.[2][3]


Unfortunately, there is no cure for Temtamy syndrome. Treatment is aimed at managing the symptoms of the syndrome. These treatment options may include surgeries to treat heart and eye problems and medications to treat seizuresSpeechoccupational, and physical therapies may be important to allow children with Temtamy syndrome to reach their full potentials. Developmental delays may be helped by early intervention programs. Additional help in school may also be required, as most children with Temtamy syndrome have intellectual disability.[1][3]


Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.

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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.

    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 Temtamy syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.


      1. Sherr E. Temtamy syndrome. Orphanet. August 2014; https://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=en&Expert=1777.
      2. Temtamy Syndrome; TEMTYS. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man. March 28, 2017; https://www.omim.org/entry/218340.
      3. Alrakaf L, Al-Owain MA, Busehail M, Alotaibi MA, Monies D, Aldhalaan HM, Alhashem A, Al-Hassnan ZN, Rahbeeni ZA, Murshedi FA, Ani NA, Al-Maawali A, Ibrahim NA, Abdulwahab FM, Alsagob M, Hashem MO, Ramadan W, Abouelhoda M, Meyer BF, Kaya N, Maddirevula S, and Alkuraya FS. Further delineation of Temtamy syndrome of corpus callosum and ocular abnormalities. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A. March 2018; 176(3):715-721. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29383837.
      4. Temtamy Syndrome. Hereditary Ocular Disease Database. The University of Arizona Health Sciences; https://disorders.eyes.arizona.edu/handouts/temtamy-syndrome. Accessed 4/5/2018.

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