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Freeman Sheldon Syndrome


Synonyms of Freeman Sheldon Syndrome
  • Craniocarpotarsal dystrophy (dysplasia)
  • DA2A
  • Distal arthrogryposis type 2A
  • FSS
  • Whistling face syndrome
  • Whistling face-windmill vane hand syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Freeman-Sheldon syndrome is a rare inherited disorder characterized by multiple contractures (i.e., restricted movement around two or more body areas) at birth (congenital), abnormalities of the head and face (craniofacial) area, defects of the hands and feet, and skeletal malformations. Craniofacial abnormalities may consist of characteristic facial features that cause the individual to appear to be whistling. These features include an extremely small puckered mouth (microstomia); a full forehead appearance; unusually prominent cheeks; and thin, pursed lips. Affected infants may also have an unusually flat middle portion of the face, a high roof of the mouth (palate), an unusually small jaw (micrognathia), an abnormally small tongue (microglossia), and/or a raised, scar-like mark in the shape of an H or a V extending from the lower lip to the chin. Affected infants often have abnormalities affecting the eyes including widely-spaced deep-set eyes, crossed eyes (strabismus), and/or downslanting eyelid folds (palpebral fissures). Malformations of the hands and feet are also characteristic of Freeman-Sheldon syndrome. Children with Freeman-Sheldon syndrome may also exhibit speech impairment; swallowing and eating difficulties; vomiting; failure to grow and gain weight at the expected rate (failure to thrive); and/or respiratory problems that may result in life-threatening complications. Freeman-Sheldon syndrome can be inherited as an autosomal dominant genetic trait. However, most cases occur randomly with no apparent cause (sporadically).

    Organizations related to Freeman Sheldon Syndrome
    • AmeriFace
      PO Box 751112
      Las Vegas NV 89136
      Phone #: 702-769-9264
      800 #: 888-486-1209
      e-mail: info@ameriface.org
      Home page: http://www.ameriface.org
    • Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
      ASBAH House
      Peterborough None PE1 2UQ
      Phone #: --
      800 #: --
      e-mail: postmaster@asbah.org
      Home page: http://www.asbah.org
    • Craniofacial Foundation of America
      975 East Third Street
      Chattanooga TN 37403
      Phone #: 423-778-9192
      800 #: 800-418-3223
      e-mail: farmertm@erlanger.org
      Home page: http://www.craniofacialcenter.com
    • FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
      P.O. Box 11082
      Chattanooga TN 37401
      Phone #: 423-266-1632
      800 #: 800-332-2373
      e-mail: faces@faces-cranio.org
      Home page: http://www.faces-cranio.org
    • Freeman-Sheldon Parent Support Group
      509 Northmont Way
      Salt Lake City UT 84103
      Phone #: 801-364-7060
      800 #: --
      e-mail: fspsg@mail.burgoyne.com
      Home page: http://www.fspsg.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
    • Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS)
      11 East State Street
      Sherburne NY 13460-1069
      Phone #: 607-674-7901
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@mhaus.org
      Home page: http://www.mhaus.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
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
    • National Craniofacial Foundation
      3100 Carlisle Street
      Dallas TX 75204
      Phone #: --
      800 #: 800-535-3643
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: N/A



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