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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.
Children's Craniofacial Association
13140 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75240
FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
PO Box 11082
Chattanooga, TN 37401
1825 K Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006
Let's Face It
University of Michigan, School of Dentistry / Dentistry Library
1011 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078
P.O. Box 751112
Limekiln, PA 19535
Apert Syndrome Support Group
St. Louis, MO 63126
American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction
333 East 30th Street, Lobby Unit
New York, NY 10016
Craniofacial Clinic at University of Virginia
University of Virginia Medical Center
Dept. of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Danish Apert Syndrome Association (Danmarks Apertforening)
Craniofacial Foundation of America
975 East Third Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
123 Edward Street, Suite 1003
Ontario, M5G 1E2
Headlines - Craniofacial Support Group
128 Beesmoor Road
Bristol, BS36 2JP
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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