Seckel Syndrome

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  • Bird-Headed Dwarfism, Seckel Type
  • Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism
  • Nanocephalic Dwarfism
  • SCKL
  • Seckel Type Dwarfism
  • Seckel Type Primordial Dwarfism

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Seckel syndrome is an extremely rare inherited disorder characterized by growth delays prior to birth (intrauterine growth retardation) resulting in low birth weight. Growth delays continue after birth (postnatal), resulting in short stature (dwarfism). Other symptoms and physical features associated with Seckel syndrome include an abnormally small head (microcephaly); varying degrees of mental retardation; and/or unusual characteristic facial features including "beak-like" protrusion of the nose. Other facial features may include abnormally large eyes, a narrow face, malformed ears, and/or an unusually small jaw (micrognathia). In addition, some affected infants may exhibit permanent fixation of the fifth fingers in a bent position (clinodactyly), malformation (dysplasia) of the hips, dislocation of a bone in the forearm (radial dislocation), and/or other physical abnormalities.

Supporting Organizations


PO Box 751112
Las Vegas, NV 89136
Tel: (702)769-9264
Fax: (702)341-5351
Tel: (888)486-1209

Children's Craniofacial Association

13140 Coit Road
Suite 517
Dallas, TX 75240
Tel: (214)570-9099
Fax: (214)570-8811
Tel: (800)535-3643

Craniofacial Foundation of America

975 East Third Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Tel: (423)778-9176
Fax: (423)778-8172
Tel: (800)418-3223

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

Human Growth Foundation

997 Glen Cove Avenue
Suite 5
Glen Head, NY 11545
Tel: (516)671-4041
Fax: (516)671-4055
Tel: (800)451-6434

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

Potentials Foundation

7400 E. Caley Ave.
Centennial, CO 80111
Tel: (303)770-9223

Restricted Growth Association

PO Box 5137
Yeovil, BA20 9FF
United Kingdom
Tel: 3001111970
Fax: 3001112454

The Arc

1825 K Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202)534-3700
Fax: (202)534-3731
Tel: (800)433-5255

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Last Updated:  12/13/1969
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