Farber's disease type IV presenting with cholestasis and neonatal liver failure: Report of two cases

Asha Willis, Cherie Van Huse, Kimberly P. Newton, Melissa Wasserstein, Raffaella A. Morotti

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We report 2 siblings diagnosed with Farber's disease type IV Type IV is a subtype of Farber's disease that presents in the neonatal period and usually initially lacks the triad of symptoms, including painful and deformed joints, subcutaneous nodules, and hoarse cry, classically seen in the other subtypes. While it is well known that all neonates with type IV present with hepatomegaly, a previously unrecognized presentation is that of cholestatic jaundice and rapidly evolving liver failure. We describe 2 siblings who presented with jaundice in the neonatal period and discuss the clinical data and variation in pathologic findings that should be considered for the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric and Developmental Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Farber type IV
  • Liver failure
  • Neonatal cholestasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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