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It is possible that the main title of the report OSMED, Homozygous is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
- oto-spondylo-megaepiphyseal dysplasia, autosomal recessive
- oto-spondylo-megaepiphyseal dysplasia, homozygous
- Nance-Sweeney syndrome
Homozygous OSMED (oto-spondylo-megaepiphyseal dysplasia) is an extremely rare genetic disorder characterized by malformation (dysplasia) of certain bones, hearing loss and distinct facial features. Skeletal malformations affect the bones of the arms, legs and spines eventually resulting in disproportionate short stature. Hearing loss is often severe. Intelligence is normal. Homozygous OSMED occurs because of disruptions or changes (mutations) to the COL11A2 gene and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.
Two additional disorders, Weissenbacher-Zweymuller syndrome and Stickler syndrome III, more commonly known as non-ocular Stickler syndrome, are also caused by mutations to this gene (allelic disorders). Some clinical researchers believe that each of these three disorders is a separate and distinct entity. Others believe that the three represent a range of severity of one syndrome. Regardless, these disorders involve alterations (mutations) of the collagen gene, COL11A2. Some researchers have suggested that the name OSMED be used as a general heading to consist of "heterozygous OSMED," which encompasses Weissenbacher-Zweymuller syndrome and Stickler syndrome type III and is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, and "homozygous OSMED," which encompasses autosomal recessive cases of oto-spondylo-megaepiphyseal dysplasia.
Human Growth Foundation
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March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
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Cleft Palate Foundation
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2820
Better Hearing Institute
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Washington, DC 20005
Stickler Syndrome Support Group
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Stickler Involved People
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Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
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American Academy of Audiology
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European Skeletal Dysplasia Network
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International Centre for Life
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Hearing Loss Association of America
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