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Floating-Harbor syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • FHS
  • Pelletier-Leisti syndrome
  • Short stature with delayed bone age, expressive language delay, a triangular face with a prominent nose and deep-set eyes
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Floating-Harbor syndrome is a genetic disorder that was named for the first two identified patients who were seen at Boston Floating Hospital and Harbor General Hospital in California.[1][2] The main characteristics of this syndrome are short stature, delayed bone growth, delay in expressive language, and distinct facial features.[1] The exact cause of Floating-Harbor syndrome is not known.[1][2] Treatment is symptomatic and supportive.[1]
Last updated: 5/7/2009


  1. Floating Harbor Syndrome Support Group. Accessed 5/7/2009.
  2. Floating Harbor Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2004; Accessed 5/7/2009.
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Basic Information

  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Floating-Harbor syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Floating-Harbor syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.