Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Facts!

Welcome to Friday Facts! here on the Knowledge Safari blog. Each week we aim to shine the spotlight on various segments of special needs in order to raise awareness and provide information.

Today we are highlighting Russell - Silver Syndrome.

The following information was taken from and more can be read HERE.

Children born with Russell-Silver syndrome have difficulty feeding and growing. They have distinctive facial features and may have asymmetric limbs. Although adolescents and adults with Russell-Silver syndrome will be shorter than average, the syndrome does not significantly affect life expectancy.

The cause of Russell-Silver syndrome is unknown. Many cases occur in families with no history of the disorder. A genetic defect in chromosome 7 has been identified in about 10% of individuals. Russell-Silver syndrome affects both males and females and people of all ethnic backgrounds.
SymptomsFailure to grow is the primary symptom of Russell-Silver syndrome.

Other symptoms include:

Low birthweight
Distinctive facial features which include a small triangular face (a high forehead that tapers to a small jaw), prominent nasal bridge, and down-turning corners of the mouth
A normal-sized head but because the body is small, the head looks large in comparison
Overgrowth of one side of the body, resulting in asymmetry of arms and/or legs
Defects of fingers and toes, such as curving in or fusion.

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