TAR syndrome

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TAR syndrome
SynonymsThrombocytopenia with absent radius syndrome
SpecialtyMedical genetics Edit this on Wikidata

TAR syndrome (thrombocytopenia with absent radius) is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by the absence of the radius bone in the forearm and a dramatically reduced platelet count.[1]

Signs and symptoms[edit]

  • Symptoms of thrombocytopenia, or a lowered platelet count, leads to bruising and potentially life-threatening hemorrhage.[2]
  • absence of the radius bone in the forearm with preservation of the thumb

Other common links between people with TAR seem to include anemia, heart problems, kidney problems, knee joint problems, frequently lactose intolerance.

Different cases with leukemia in patients with TAR are described in.[3]


The cytogenetic location (pink box) of the RBM8A gene on 1q21.1

A mutation in the RBM8A gene is responsible for the TAR syndrome. Approximately 95% of TAR patients have one non-functional copy of the RBM8A gene.[4][5]



Treatments range from platelet transfusions[1] to surgery aimed at either centralizing the hand over the ulna to improve functionality of the hand or aimed at 'normalizing' the appearance of the arm, which is much shorter and 'clubbed.' There is some controversy surrounding the role of surgery. The infant mortality rate has been curbed by new technology, including platelet transfusions, which can even be performed in utero. The critical period is the first and sometimes second year of life. For most people with TAR, platelet counts improve as they grow out of childhood.


The incidence is 0.42 per 100,000 live births.


In 1929 Greenwald and Sherman described the first patient with TAR Syndrome.[6] 40 years later Hall collected 40 cases and introduced the name "Thrombocytopenia with absent radius".[7] In 1988 Hedberg published an article with 100 cases.[8]


  1. ^ a b Toriello HV (December 2016). "Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius Syndrome.". In Adam MP, Ardinger HH, Pagon RA, Wallace SE, Bean LJ, Stephens K, Amemiya A, Toriello HV. GeneReviews [Internet]. PMID 20301781.
  2. ^ Manukjan G, Bösing H, Schmugge M, Strauß G, Schulze H (November 2017). "Impact of genetic variants on haematopoiesis in patients with thrombocytopenia absent radii (TAR) syndrome". primary. British Journal of Haematology. 179 (4): 606–617. doi:10.1111/bjh.14913. PMID 28857120.
  3. ^ Jameson-Lee M, Chen K, Ritchie E, Shore T, Al-Khattab O, Gergis U (February 2017). "Acute myeloid leukemia in a patient with thrombocytopenia with absent radii: A case report and review of the literature". primary. Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy. doi:10.1016/j.hemonc.2017.02.001. PMID 28259746.
  4. ^ Albers CA, Newbury-Ecob R, Ouwehand WH, Ghevaert C (June 2013). "New insights into the genetic basis of TAR (thrombocytopenia-absent radii) syndrome". review. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development. 23 (3): 316–23. doi:10.1016/j.gde.2013.02.015. PMID 23602329.
  5. ^ Al-Qattan MM (November 2016). "The Pathogenesis of Radial Ray Deficiency in Thrombocytopenia-Absent Radius (TAR) Syndrome" (PDF). review. Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP. 26 (11): 912–916. PMID 27981927.
  6. ^ Greenwald HM, Sherman I (1928). "Congenital essential thrombocytopenia". primary. Am J Dis Child. 38: 1245. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930120123011.
  7. ^ Hall JG, Levin J, Kuhn JP, Ottenheimer EJ, van Berkum KA, McKusick VA (November 1969). "Thrombocytopenia with absent radius (TAR)". primary. Medicine. 48 (6): 411–39. doi:10.1097/00005792-196948060-00001. PMID 4951233.
  8. ^ Hedberg VA, Lipton JM (1988). "Thrombocytopenia with absent radii. A review of 100 cases". review. The American Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 10 (1): 51–64. PMID 3056062.

Further reading[edit]

  • Goldfarb CA, Wall L, Manske PR (September 2006). "Radial longitudinal deficiency: the incidence of associated medical and musculoskeletal conditions". primary. The Journal of Hand Surgery. 31 (7): 1176–82. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2006.05.012. PMID 16945723.

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