What is Apert Syndrome?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apert syndrome is a genetic disorder identified by the premature fusion of certain skull bones known as craniosynostosis. This early fusion prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face. In addition, a varied number of fingers and toes are fused together (syndactyly) causing them to be webbed. In rare instances, people with Apert syndrome may have extra fingers or toes.
Additional signs and symptoms of Apert syndrome can include hearing loss, unusually heavy sweating (hyperhidrosis), oily skin with severe acne, patches of missing hair in the eyebrows, fusion of spinal bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae), and recurrent ear infections that may be associated with an opening in the roof of the mouth (a cleft palate).
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