The effect of multiple sulfatase deficiency (MSD) on dental development: Can we use the teeth as an early diagnostic tool?

Uri Zilberman, Haim Bibi

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Background: Multiple sulfatase deficiency (MSD) is a rare autosomal recessive inborn error of metabolism due to reduced catalytic activity of the different sulfatase. Affected individuals show neurologic deterioration with mental retardation, skeletal anomalies, organomegaly, and skin changes as in X-linked ichthyosis. The only organ that was not examined in MSD patients is the dentition. Objectives: To evaluate the effect of the metabolic error on dental development in a patient with the intermediate severe late-infantile form of MSD (S155P). Methods: Histological and chemical study were performed on three deciduous and five permanent teeth from MSD patient and pair-matched normal patients. Results: Tooth germ size and enamel thickness were reduced in both deciduous and permanent MSD teeth, and the scalloping feature of the DEJ was missing in MSD teeth causing enamel to break off from the dentin. The mineral components in the enamel and dentin were different. Conclusions: The metabolic error insults the teeth in the stage of organogenesis in both the deciduous and permanent dentition. The end result is teeth with very sharp cusp tips, thin hypomineralized enamel, and exposed dentin due to the break off of enamel. These findings are different from all other types of MPS syndromes. Clinically the phenotype of intermediate severe late-infantile form of MSD appeared during the third year of life. In children of parents that are carriers, we can diagnose the disease as early as birth using X-ray radiograph of the anterior upper region or as early as 6–8 months when the first deciduous tooth erupt and consider very early treatment to ameliorate the symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJIMD Reports
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameJIMD Reports
ISSN (Print)2192-8304
ISSN (Electronic)2192-8312


  • Anterior Tooth
  • Aryl Sulfatase
  • Deciduous Tooth
  • Permanent Tooth
  • Root Canal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)


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