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.
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