This information is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD).
Hydrocephalus-cleft palate-joint contractures syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by a buildup of fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus) due to a brain abnormality called Dandy-Walker malformation, cleft palate, and stiff or “frozen” joints (contractures). Less than 20 cases of hydrocephalus-cleft palate-joint contractures syndrome have been reported. Other symptoms might include: thin fingers with absent knuckles and reduced creases over the joints, ear abnormalities, heart defects, and clubfoot. The cause of hydrocephalus-cleft palate-joint contractures syndrome is not known, but it is likely genetic due to reports of affected family members and likely autosomal dominant inheritance. Treatment is specific to the symptoms present in each individual and might include surgical correction of birth defects such as cleft palate and clubfoot.
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