Kabuki syndrome (Niikawa-Kuroki syndrome) is a rare polydysplasia that is thought to be more common in Japan.


Estimated incidence of 1:32,000 in Japan. Sporadically seen elsewhere in the world. The reason for the disparity in incidence is controversial.

Clinical presentation

  • characteristic facies
    • long palpebral fissures
    • eversion of lower eyelid
    • arched eyebrows
    • sparseness of lateral half of the eyebrows
    • hypertelorism
    • epicanthal folds
    • protruding ears
    • missing and widely-spaced teeth
    • "trapezoid philtrum"
  • hypotonia
  • feeding problems
  • intellectual disability (most slight or moderate)
  • growth retardation
  • prominent finger pads and abnormal dermatoglyphic patterns
  • seizures (32%)
  • immune system dysfunction

Radiographic features

Other anomalies have been associated with the syndrome:


In the majority of the patients with Kabuki syndrome, genetic mutation of MLL2 is identified. Other gene mutations causing Kabuki syndrome are reported in the literature including KMT2D inherited in autosomal dominant matter and KDM6A mutation which displayed X-linked dominant inheritance.

Treatment and prognosis

Variable, depending on the degree of neuromuscular dysfunction and organ dysplasia.

History and etymology

"Kabuki" refers to a type of Japanese drama in which the players appear in stylized makeup. Kabuki syndrome was first reported in 1981 by Niikawa and Kuroki in a total of ten unrelated Japanese children with a similar presentation of multiple congenital anomalies and neurologic abnormalities.

Differential diagnosis


1. Lederer D, Shears D, Benoit V, Verellen-Dumoulin C, Maystadt I. A three generation X-linked family with Kabuki syndrome phenotype and a frameshift mutation in KDM6A. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 May;164A(5):1289-92. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.36442. Epub 2014 Mar 24. PMID: 24664873.

2. Kabuki syndrome, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, August 2016, https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/6810/kabuki-syndrome#ref_10585

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