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    Apert Syndrome

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    It is possible that the main title of the report Apert Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • Acrocephalosyndactyly, Type I
    • ACS I
    • Syndactylic Oxycephaly
    • ACS1

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Apert syndrome, also known as acrocephalosyndactyly type I (ACS1), is a rare genetic disorder that is apparent at birth (congenital). The disorder is character-ized by distinctive malformations of the head that lead to distinctive facial features. In addition, the hands and/or feet may be webbed (syndactyly) and in some cases, mental retardation may also be present.

    Among babies born with Apert syndrome, the fibrous joints between bones of the skull (sutures) close prematurely (craniosynostosis). The pressure of continued brain growth distorts various bones of the skull and the face. The skull is forced into one of several characteristic shapes. Often the head appears abnormally pointed at the top (acrocephaly). The distortion of the skull plates create changes in the facial bones leading to characteristic facial abnormalities, such as widely spaced eyes (ocular hypertelorism), abnormal protrusion of the eyes (exophthalmos), underdevelopment of midfacial regions (midface hypoplasia), and/or a narrow roof of the mouth (palate).

    Malformations of the hands and feet may include unusually broad thumbs and great toes, short fingers, and/or partial to complete fusion (syndactyly) of certain fingers and toes (digits). Most commonly, there is complete fusion of bones within the second to the fourth fingers and the presence of a single common nail ("mitten-like" syndactyly).

    In almost all instances, Apert syndrome results from new genetic changes (mutations) that appear to occur randomly for unknown reasons (sporadically). In rare cases, the disorder may be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.

    Resources

    Children's Craniofacial Association
    13140 Coit Road
    Suite 517
    Dallas, TX 75240
    USA
    Tel: (214)570-9099
    Fax: (214)570-8811
    Tel: (800)535-3643
    Email: contactCCA@ccakids.com
    Internet: http://www.ccakids.com

    FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
    PO Box 11082
    Chattanooga, TN 37401
    Tel: (423)266-1632
    Fax: (423)267-3124
    Tel: (800)332-2373
    Email: faces@faces-cranio.org
    Internet: http://www.faces-cranio.org

    The Arc
    1825 K Street NW, Suite 1200
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel: (202)534-3700
    Fax: (202)534-3731
    Tel: (800)433-5255
    TDD: (817)277-0553
    Email: info@thearc.org
    Internet: http://www.thearc.org

    Let's Face It
    University of Michigan, School of Dentistry / Dentistry Library
    1011 N. University
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078
    USA
    Tel: (360)676-7325
    Email: faceit@umich.edu
    Internet: http://www.dent.umich.edu/faceit

    AmeriFace
    P.O. Box 751112
    Limekiln, PA 19535
    USA
    Tel: (702)769-9264
    Fax: (702)341-5351
    Tel: (888)486-1209
    Email: info@ameriface.org
    Internet: http://www.ameriface.org

    Apert Syndrome Support Group
    8708 Kathy
    St. Louis, MO 63126
    Tel: (314)965-3356
    Internet: http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Apert-Syndrome/support-group

    American Heart Association
    7272 Greenville Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75231
    Tel: (214)784-7212
    Fax: (214)784-1307
    Tel: (800)242-8721
    Email: Review.personal.info@heart.org
    Internet: http://www.heart.org

    National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction
    333 East 30th Street, Lobby Unit
    New York, NY 10016
    Tel: (212)263-6656
    Fax: (212)263-7534
    Internet: http://www.nffr.org

    Craniofacial Clinic at University of Virginia
    University of Virginia Medical Center
    Dept. of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Box 376
    Charlottesville, VA 22908
    Tel: (434)924-2528
    Email: tjg6f@virginia.edu
    Internet: http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/

    Danish Apert Syndrome Association (Danmarks Apertforening)
    Dronningeengen 17
    Vedbaek, DK-2950
    Denmark
    Tel: 4545890300
    Fax: 4545890350
    Email: soeren@lildal.com

    Craniofacial Foundation of America
    975 East Third Street
    Chattanooga, TN 37403
    Tel: (423)778-9176
    Fax: (423)778-8172
    Tel: (800)418-3223
    Email: terry.smyth@erlanger.org
    Internet: http://www.craniofacialfoundation.org

    AboutFace International
    123 Edward Street, Suite 1003
    Toronto
    Ontario, M5G 1E2
    Canada
    Tel: 4165972229
    Fax: 4165978494
    Tel: 8006653223
    Email: info@aboutfaceinternational.org
    Internet: http://www.aboutface.ca/

    Headlines - Craniofacial Support Group
    128 Beesmoor Road
    Frampton Cotterell
    Bristol, BS36 2JP
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 01454850557
    Email: info@headlines.org.uk
    Internet: http://www.headlines.org.uk

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Tel: (310)264-0826
    Fax: (310)264-4766
    Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 9/23/2007
    Copyright 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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