Stuve-Wiedemann syndrome is rare skeletal disorder present at birth (congenital). It is characterized by short stature, bowing of the long bones of the arms and legs (campomelia), and fingers or toes that are permanently flexed (camptodactyly) outward away from the thumb (ulnar deviation). Affected infants may develop life-threatening complications such as episodes where there is a sudden rise in body temperature (hyperthermia) or respiratory distress. Stuve-Wiedemann syndrome is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.
Some researchers believe that Stuve-Wiedemann syndrome and Schwartz-Jampel syndrome (SJS) type II are the same disorder. SJS was previously believed to be the newborn (neonatal) form of SJS. However, the clinical and radiographic pictures of Stuve-Wiedemann and SJS type II are nearly identical leading many researchers to believe the two disorders are a single entity. Radiographic pictures are records of internal structures of the body made from the use of x-rays or gamma rays.
In the past, Stuve-Wiedemann syndrome was thought to be a lethal condition in all cases. Today, there are reports in the literature describing patients who survive.
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