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Costello Syndrome


Synonyms of Costello Syndrome
  • Faciocutaneoskeletal Syndrome
  • FCS Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Costello syndrome is an extremely rare disorder that affects multiple organ systems of the body (multisystem disorder). Costello syndrome is characterized by growth delays after birth (postnatal) leading to short stature; excessive, redundant loose skin on the neck, palms of the hands, fingers, and soles of the feet; development of benign (non-cancerous) growths (papillomata) around the mouth (perioral) and nostrils (nares); mental retardation; and/or characteristic facial appearance. Other physical features may include the development of dry hardened skin on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperkeratosis), abnormally deep creases on the palms and soles, and/or abnormally flexible joints of the fingers (hyperextensible). There is an increased incidence of congenital abnormalities of the heart and thickening of the heart muscle called a cardiomyopathy. Characteristic craniofacial features may include an abnormally large head (macrocephaly); low-set ears with large, thick lobes; unusually thick lips; and/or abnormally wide nostrils (nares). Most cases of Costello syndrome are isolated with no other affected family members (sporadic). The exact cause of Costello syndrome is unknown.
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    Organizations related to Costello Syndrome
    • American Heart Association
      National Center
      Dallas TX 75231-4596
      Phone #: 214-373-6300
      800 #: 800-242-8721
      e-mail: inquire@heart.org
      Home page: http://www.americanheart.org
    • Costello Syndrome Family Network
      5813 33rd Street North
      Birmingham AL 35207
      Phone #: 205-616-4159
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: costellosyndrome@yahoo.com
      Home page: http://www.costellokids.com
    • Human Growth Foundation
      997 Glen Cove Avenue
      Glen Head NY 11545
      Phone #: 516-671-4041
      800 #: 800-451-6434
      e-mail: hgf1@hgfound.org
      Home page: http://www.hgfound.org/
    • International Costello Syndrome Support Group (UK)
      90 Parkfield Road North
      Manchester None M40 3RQ
      Phone #: 44 -161- 682 2479
      800 #: --
      e-mail: c.stone8@ntlworld.com
      Home page: http://www.costellokids.org.uk
    • Little People of America, Inc.
      250 El Camino Real
      Tustin CA 92780
      Phone #: 714-368-3689
      800 #: 888-572-2001
      e-mail: info@lpaonline.org
      Home page: http://www.lpaonline.org
    • MAGIC Foundation for Children's Growth
      6645 W. North Avenue
      Oak Park IL 60302
      Phone #: 708-383-0808
      800 #: 800-362-4423
      e-mail: mary@magicfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.magicfoundation.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
    • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
      1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
      White Plains NY 10605
      Phone #: 914-428-7100
      800 #: 888-663-4637
      e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
      Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
    • The Arc (a national organization on mental retardation)
      1010 Wayne Ave
      Silver Spring MD 20910
      Phone #: 301-565-3842
      800 #: 800-433-5255
      e-mail: info@thearc.org
      Home page: http://www.thearc.org/



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