Type of disease: Rare conditions
SHORT syndrome is a condition characterized by multiple abnormalities that affect several parts of the body. The term SHORT is an acronym with each letter representing a common feature in affected individuals: (S) short stature; (H) hyperextensibility of joints and/or hernia (inguinal); (O) ocular depression (deep-set eyes); (R) Rieger anomaly (defective development of the anterior chamber of the eye that can lead to glaucoma); and (T) teething delay. Other features commonly present include a triangular face, small chin with a dimple, loss of fat under the skin (lipodystrophy), abnormal position of the ears, hearing loss and delayed speech. The condition appears to be inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Treatment focuses on the specific symptoms present in each individual. Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.