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Freeman Sheldon syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Arthrogryposis distal type 2A
  • Craniocarpotarsal dysplasia
  • Craniocarpotarsal dystrophy
  • DA2A
  • FSS
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Freeman Sheldon syndrome is an 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.[1] Freeman-Sheldon syndrome can be inherited as an autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive genetic trait.[1][2] However, most cases occur randomly with no apparent cause (sporadically).[1]
Last updated: 5/7/2010


  1. Freeman Sheldon Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2007; Accessed 5/7/2010.
  2. Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome. The National Craniofacial Association. 2009; Accessed 5/7/2010.
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  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Freeman Sheldon syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
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