|Robinow Syndrome |
Robinow syndrome is a rare birth defect that causes dwarfism and abnormalities in the head, face and genitalia.
In more severe cases, skeletal abnormalities may be present. Robinow syndrome has also been caleed fetal face syndrome because the facial anomalies often resemble those of a developing fetus at approximately 8 weeks gestation.
The baby will be born with wide spaced eyes, a small face, short nose, prominent forehead, flat nasal bridge and abnormalities in the lower eyelid. Other common symptoms include short lower arms, small feet and hands, short fingers and toes and possible misplacement of the thumb.
A major characterisitic of the disorder that all patients suffer to some degree is verterbral segmentation abnormalities. Genital abnormalities include a very small penis, undescended testicles, hypospadias, small clitoris and underdeveloped labia. There is no cure for the disorder, but treatment options are available for present symptoms.