At the first visit on the six day after onset, the X - ray was normal.
Dental significance[ edit ] Teeth of a child with Apert syndrome Common relevant features of acrocephalosyndactyly are a high-arched palate, pseudomandibular prognathism appearing as mandibular prognathisma narrow palate and crowding of the teeth.
Other signs[ edit ] Omphalocele has been described in two patients with Apert syndrome by Herman T. USA, and by Ercoli G. An omphalocele is a birth defect in which an intestine or other abdominal organs are outside of the body of an infant because of a hole in the bellybutton area.
However, the association between omphalocele and Apert syndrome is not confirmed yet, so additional studies are necessary. Males and females are affected equally; however research is yet to determine an exact cause. Nonetheless, almost all cases are sporadic, signifying fresh mutations or environmental insult to the genome.
Wilkie published a paper showing evidence that acrocephalosyndactyly is caused by a defect on the fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 geneon chromosome Moreover, the incidence rises sharply with the age of the father.
FGFR1 is an isoform active in the diaphysis. FGFR2-Bek is active in the metaphysis, as well as the diaphysis, but also in the interdigital mesenchyme.
The point mutation increases the ligand-dependent activation of FGFR2 and thus of its isoforms.
FGF also increases replication and differentiation of osteoblaststhus early fusion of several sutures of the skull.
This may explain why both symptoms are always found in Apert syndrome.
Diagnosis[ edit ] Diagnosis is typically by the apparent physical characteristics and can be aided by skull X-ray or head CT examination.
Molecular genetic testing can confirm the diagnosis. In particular, surgeries for the LeFort III or monobloc midface distraction osteogenesis which detaches the midface or the entire upper face, respectively, from the rest of the skull, are performed in order to reposition them in the correct plane.
General Discussion Apert syndrome, also known as acrocephalosyndactyly type I (ACS1), is a rare genetic disorder that is apparent at birth (congenital). The disorder is character-ized by distinctive malformations of the head that lead to distinctive facial features. With Apert syndrome, the skull is smaller than usual, which can put pressure on the developing brain. People with Apert syndrome may have an average level of intellect, or a mild to moderate intellectual impairment. Children born with Apert syndrome often have webbed fingers and toes. Apert syndrome is a genetic disease in which the seams between the skull bones close earlier than normal. Symptoms include: Early closure of sutures between bones of the skull, noted by ridging along sutures (craniosynostosis) Children with this disorder should be examined by a specialized craniofacial surgery team at a children's.
These surgeries are performed by both plastic and oral and maxillofacial OMS surgeons, often in collaboration. Syndactyly[ edit ] There is no standard treatment for the hand malformations in Apert due to the differences and severity in clinical manifestations in different patients. Every patient should therefore be individually approached and treated, aiming at an adequate balance between hand functionality and aesthetics.
However, some guidelines can be given depending on the severity of the deformities.
In general it is initially recommended to release the first and fourth interdigital spaces, thus releasing the border rays. Later the second and third interdigital spaces have to be released.
Because there are three handtypes in Apert, all with their own deformities, they all need a different approach regarding their treatment: Type I hand usually needs only the interdigital web space release. First web release is rarely needed but often its deepening is necessary. Thumb clynodactyly correction will be needed.
In type II hands it is recommended to release the first and fifth rays in the beginning, then the second and the third interdigital web spaces have to be freed. The clynodactyly of the thumb has to be corrected as well. The lengthening of the thumb phalanx may be needed, thus increasing the first web space.
In both type I and type II, the recurrent syndactyly of the second web space will occur because of a pseudoepiphysis at the base of the index metacarpal. This should be corrected by later revisions. Type III hands are the most challenging to treat because of their complexity.
First of all, it is advised to release the first and fourth webspace, thus converting it to type I hand. The treatment of macerations and nail-bed infections should also be done in the beginning.
For increasing of the first web space, lengthening of the thumb can be done. It is suggested that in severe cases an amputation of the index finger should be considered.Apert syndrome is a genetic disease in which the seams between the skull bones close earlier than normal.
Symptoms include: Early closure of sutures between bones of the skull, noted by ridging along sutures (craniosynostosis) Children with this disorder should be examined by a specialized craniofacial surgery team at a children's.
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Apert syndrome is a form of acrocephalosyndactyly, a congenital disorder characterized by malformations of the skull, face, hands and feet. It is classified as a branchial arch syndrome, affecting the first branchial (or pharyngeal) arch, .