Russell Silver Syndrome (RSS)

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • RSS
  • SRS
  • Russell Syndrome
  • Silver Syndrome
  • Silver-Russell Syndrome
  • Russell-Silver Dwarfism
  • Silver-Russell Dwarfism

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Russell-Silver Syndrome, X-linked (Partington Syndrome)

General Discussion

Russell-Silver syndrome (RSS) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by a wide variety of symptoms. RSS is genetically heterogeneous, meaning that different genetic abnormalities are believed to cause the disorder. RSS is characterized by a wide spectrum of symptoms and physical findings that vary in range and severity from case to case. The characteristic findings are growth delays before birth (prenatal or intrauterine growth retardation) and after birth (postnatal growth deficiency). Growth deficiency often results in short stature in adulthood. Additional common symptoms include unusual, distinctive facial features, a pinky that is fixed or 'locked' in a bent position (clinodactyly), and undergrowth of one side or structure of the body (hemihypotrophy), resulting in unequal (asymmetric) growth. Many children with RSS have normal intelligence, but rowing evidence suggests that there is an increased risk of learning disabilities. In most cases, the exact underlying genetic cause of RSS is not known.

Resources

Human Growth Foundation
997 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Head, NY 11545
Tel: (516)671-4041
Fax: (516)671-4055
Tel: (800)451-6434
Email: hgf1@hgfound.org
Internet: http://www.hgfound.org/

MAGIC Foundation
6645 W. North Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Tel: (708)383-0808
Fax: (708)383-0899
Tel: (800)362-4423
Email: mary@magicfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.magicfoundation.org

Arc (a national organization on mental retardation)
1010 Wayne Ave
Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (301)565-3842
Fax: (301)565-3843
Tel: (800)433-5255
TDD: (817)277-0553
Email: info@thearc.org
Internet: http://www.thearc.org/

Little People of America, Inc.
250 El Camino Real
Suite 201
Tustin, CA 92780
Tel: (714)368-3689
Fax: (714)368-3367
Tel: (888)572-2001
Email: info@lpaonline.org
Internet: http://www.lpaonline.org

Restricted Growth Association
RGA Office
PO Box 1024
PETERBOROUGH, Intl PE1 9GX
United Kingdom
Tel: 01733 759458
Internet: http://www.restrictedgrowth.co.uk

NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
USA
Tel: (301)495-4484
Fax: (301)718-6366
Tel: (877)226-4267
TDD: (301)565-2966
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

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