Schinzel Giedion syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Schinzel Giedion midface-retraction syndrome
- Schinzel-Giedion syndrome
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- What is Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
- Who is most commonly affected by Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
- How rare is Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
- What causes Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
- How can I find a genetics professional in my area?
- What facial features are associated with Schinzel-Giedion syndrome in infancy?
- What facial features are associated with Schinzel-Giedion syndrome in childhood?
- What are the signs and symptoms of Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
- How does Schinzel-Giedion syndrome affect learning?
- What is the life expectancy for a child with Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
- How can I learn about research involving Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
- Are there any advocacy organizations for individuals and families with Schinzel-Giedion syndrome?
Autosomal recessive inheritance is when two mutated copies of the gene that causes a disorder are present in each cell. An affected person usually has unaffected parents who each carry a single copy of the mutated gene (and are referred to as carriers). Autosomal recessive disorders are typically not seen in every generation of an affected family. When two people who are carriers of an autosomal recessive condition have a child, there is a 25% (1 in 4) chance that the child will be affected.
Autosomal dominant inheritance is when one mutated copy of the gene that causes a disorder in each cell is needed for a person to be affected. Autosomal dominant conditions can be inherited from an affected parent or occur for the first time in a family as a de novo or “new” mutation. De novo mutations occur randomly for the first time in the patient.
The following online resources can help you find a genetics professional in your community:
- The National Society of Genetic Counselors provides a searchable directory of US and international genetic counseling services.
- The American College of Medical Genetics has a searchable database of US genetics clinics.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides a list of US and international genetic centers, clinics, and departments.
- The American Society of Human Genetics maintains a database of its members, which includes individuals who live outside of the United States. Visit the link to obtain a list of the geneticists in your country, some of whom may be researchers that do not provide medical care.
Skin: Underdeveloped nipples, transverse palmar creases, and nails that are very arched.
Heart: Heart defects, such as atrial septal defects, are not uncommon.
Tumors: Embryonic tumors, such as teratoma and neuroectodermal tumors, have been reported
Bone: Wide space between the eye orbits, a short steep skull base, a wide occipital synchondrosis, undermineralization of the skull, an unexpected skull bone pattern (i.e., Wormian bones), broad ribs, mildly shortened limbs, bowed tibia (long bone between the knee and the foot), long collar bones, underdevelopment of bones in the hands and writs, thick shafts of the long bones, underdevelopment of the pubic bones, and
Other: seizures, episodes of stopped breathing
You can also contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison (PRPL) Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We recommend calling the toll-free number listed below to speak with a specialist, who can help you determine if your daughter is eligible for any clinical trials.
Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)
NIH Clinical Center
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2655
Web site: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/
If you are interested in enrolling your daughter in a clinical trial, you can find helpful general information on clinical trials at the following ClinicalTrials.gov Web page.
Resources on many charitable or special-fare flights to research and treatment sites and low-cost hospitality accommodations for outpatients and family members, as well as ambulance services, are listed on the Web site of the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), part of the National Institutes of Health.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. You can order a printed report on Schinzel-Giedion syndrome through NORD’s Web site, or by calling or writing the NORD offices.
The link to the page on Schinzel-Giedion syndrome is as follows. You can also access this page by visiting the NORD Web site, clicking on Rare Disease Database, and typing “Schinzel Giedion” in the search box.
Please note that the first disease report requested by phone or mail is free; there is a charge for subsequent reports. Online, there is no charge to search the database of 2,000 organizations or to read abstracts about the diseases; there is a charge for the full-text disease reports ordered online.
National Organization for Rare Disorders
55 Kenosia Avenue
PO Box 1968
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
Toll free: 800-999-6673 (voicemail only)
Web site: http://www.rarediseases.org/
- Minn et al.. Further Clinical and Sensorial Delineation of Schinzel-Giedion Syndrome: Report of Two Cases. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 2002;
- Rr. P. Labrune. Schinzel-Giedion midface retraction syndrome. Orphanet. 2004; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?Lng=GB&Expert=798. Accessed 10/30/2008.
- In: Gorlin RJ, Cohen MM, Hennekam RCM. Syndromes of the Head and Neck, 4th ed. 2001;
- Lehman AM, McFadden D, Pugash D, Sangha K, Gibson WT, Patel MS. Clinical Report Schinzel-Giedion Syndrome: Report of splenopancreatic fusion and proposed diagnostic criteria. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 2008;
- What are the different ways in which a genetic condition can be inherited?. Genetics Home Reference Web site. September 23, 2013; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/inheritance/inheritancepatterns. Accessed 9/24/2013.