Apert Syndrome

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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.

Supporting Organizations

AboutFace International

1057 Steeles Ave. West
PO Box 702
Ontario, M2R 3X1
Canada
Tel: 4165972229
Fax: 4165978494
Tel: 8006653223
Email: info@aboutface.ca
Website: http://www.aboutface.ca/

AmeriFace

PO Box 751112
Las Vegas, NV 89136
USA
Tel: (702)769-9264
Fax: (702)341-5351
Tel: (888)486-1209
Email: info@ameriface.org
Website: http://www.ameriface.org

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
Website: http://www.heart.org

Apert Syndrome Support Group

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

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
Website: http://www.ccakids.com

Craniofacial Clinic at University of Virginia

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

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
Website: http://www.craniofacialfoundation.org/www

Danish Apert Syndrome Association (Danmarks Apertforening)

Dronningeengen 17
Vedbaek, DK-2950
Denmark
Tel: 4545890300
Fax: 4545890350
Email: soeren@lildal.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
Website: http://www.faces-cranio.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/

Headlines - Craniofacial Support Group

8 Footes Lane
Frampton Cotterell
Bristol, BS36 2JQ
United Kingdom
Tel: 1454850557
Email: info@headlines.org.uk
Website: http://www.headlines.org.uk

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
Website: http://dent.umich.edu/

MyFace

333 East 30th Street, Lobby Unit
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)263-6656
Fax: (212)263-7534
Email: info@myface.org
Website: http://www.myface.org

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

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). For a full-text version of this report, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

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Last Updated:  9/23/2007
Copyright  2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.