Smith Magenis Syndrome

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Summary

Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) is a complex developmental disorder that affects multiple organ systems of the body. The disorder is characterized by a pattern of abnormalities that are present at birth (congenital) as well as behavioral and cognitive problems. Common symptoms include distinctive facial features, skeletal malformations, varying degrees of intellectual disability, speech and motor delays, sleep disturbances, and self-injurious or attention-seeking behaviors. The specific symptoms present in each case can vary dramatically from one individual to another. Approximately 90% of cases are caused when a portion of chromosome is missing or deleted (monosomic). This deleted portion within chromosome 17p11.2 includes the RAI1 gene, which is believed to play a major role in the development of the disorder. Other genes within the deleted segment may also play a role in variable features in the syndrome, but it is not fully understood how significant a role they play in the development of SMS. In the remaining cases, there is no deleted material on chromosome 17; these cases are caused by mutations in the RAI1 gene.

Introduction

Smith-Magenis syndrome was first reported in the medical literature in 1982 by Ann Smith, a genetic counselor, and colleagues. In 1986, Smith and Dr. R. Ellen Magenis identified nine patients with the disorder further delineating the syndrome. Since that time numerous additional cases have been identified allowing physicians/clinicians to develop a better understanding about this complex disorder.

Supporting Organizations

American Society for Deaf Children

800 Florida Avenue NE
2047
Washington, DC 20002-3695
Tel: (866)895-4206
Fax: (410)795-0965
Tel: (800)942-2732
Email: asdc@deafchildren.org
Website: http://www.deafchildren.org

Chromosome Disorder Outreach, Inc.

P.O. Box 724
Boca Raton, FL 33429-0724
USA
Tel: (561)395-4252
Fax: (561)395-4252
Email: info@chromodisorder.org
Website: http://www.chromodisorder.org/

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
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

PRISMS (Parents & Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome)

21800 Town Center Plaza
Suite 266A-633
Sterling, VA 20164
USA
Tel: (972)231-0035
Fax: (972)499-1832
Email: info@prisms.org
Website: http://www.prisms.org

Smith-Magenis Syndrome Foundation

London, WC1 N3XX
United Kingdom
Tel: 2074195007
Email: info@smith-magenis.co.uk
Website: http://www.smith-magenis.co.uk/

Taylor Bug Kisses Foundation

2218 Boulder Dr.
Normal, IL 61761
Tel: (309)451-1431
Email: shannon@taylorbugkisses.com
Website: http://www.taylorbugkisses.com/

The Arc

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

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Last Updated:  8/13/2014
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