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Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome

Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome is a chromosomal disorder which affects fetal growth and development. It affects females more than men and occurs in about 1 in 50,000 births. It is not an inherited disorder. Attributes of the disease include prominent forehead, wide set eyes, broad beaked nose, mental retardation, small head, seizures, low muscle tone, poor muscle development, short stature, facial deformities, malformations of hands, feet, chest and spine, heart defects and malformations or underdevelopment of urinary and genitals. Diagnosis involves ultrasound of fetus or observing features at birth

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About: Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome

Date: 3 December 2004

Source: About

Author: Mary Kugler

URL: http://rarediseases.about.com/cs/chromosome345/a/042404.htm

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