Gorlin-Chaudhry-Moss Syndrome

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General Discussion

Gorlin-Chaudhry-Moss syndrome is an extremely rare inherited disorder characterized by premature closure of the fibrous joints (sutures) between certain bones in the skull (craniosynostosis), unusually small eyes (microphthalmia), absence of some teeth (hypodontia), and/or excessive amounts of hair (hypertrichosis) on most areas of the body. Affected individuals may also exhibit a mild delay in physical development (growth retardation); short fingers and/or toes; and/or underdevelopment (hypoplasia) of the two long folds of skin on either side of the vaginal opening (labia majora) in females. In addition, there may be an abnormal opening between the two large blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart (pulmonary artery and aorta), causing inappropriate recirculation of some blood through the lungs, rather than throughout the rest of the body (patent ductus arteriosus). In some cases, mild mental retardation may also be present. It is believed that Gorlin-Chaudhry-Moss syndrome may be inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.

Supporting Organizations

American Heart Association

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Dallas, TX 75231
Tel: (214)784-7212
Fax: (214)784-1307
Tel: (800)242-8721
Email: Review.personal.info@heart.org
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Children's Craniofacial Association

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Dallas, TX 75240
Tel: (214)570-9099
Fax: (214)570-8811
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FACES: The National Craniofacial Association

PO Box 11082
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Tel: (423)266-1632
Fax: (423)267-3124
Tel: (800)332-2373
Email: faces@faces-cranio.org
Website: http://www.faces-cranio.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

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Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
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Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

NIH/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Building 31, Room 2C39
31 Center Drive, MSC 2290
Bethesda, MD 20892
Tel: (301)496-4261
Fax: (301)480-4098
Tel: (866)232-4528
Email: nidcrinfo@mail.nih.gov
Website: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias

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Suite 2
Fairview Hights, IL 62208
Tel: 618-566-2020
Fax: 618-566-4718
Email: info@nfed.org
Website: http://www.nfed.org

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Last Updated:  7/25/2003
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