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Melnick-Needles syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • Melnick-Needles osteodysplasty
  • MNS
  • Osteodysplasty of Melnick and Needles
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Overview


Melnick-Needles syndrome is a rare disorder involving abnormalities in skeletal development and other health problems. It is a member of a group of related conditions called otopalatodigital spectrum disorders, which typically involve hearing loss caused by malformations in the tiny bones in the ears (ossicles), problems in the development of the roof of the mouth (palate), and skeletal abnormalities involving the fingers and/or toes (digits). Melnick-Needles syndrome is usually the most severe of the otopalatodigital spectrum disorders.  This condition is caused by a mutation in the FLNA gene, and it has X-linked dominant inheritance.[1]
Last updated: 11/3/2010

References

  1. Melnick-Needles syndrome. Genetics Home Reference. November 2007; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/melnick-needles-syndrome. Accessed 11/2/2010.
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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. 
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