Apert syndrome

Definition

noun

A congenital disorder characterized by a triad of disorders, namely craniosynostosis, syndactyly and maxillary underdevelopment. Physically, the individual suffering from Apert syndrome has high prominent forehead, a flat posterior skull, abnormal facial appearance, and webbing of fingers and toes.


Supplement

The Apert syndrome is a form of acrocephalosyndactyly. It may be an autosomal dominant disorder, which means that the offspring of a parent with Apert syndrome has a 50% chance of inheriting the condition.


Word origin: named after Eugène Apert, a French physician, who documented several cases of individuals who had congenital malformations of the skull.


Also called: Alpert's syndrome or Alpert syndrome

See also: acrocephalosyndactyly

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