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A familial syndrome of X-chromosomal mental retardation associated with coarse facies, characterized by prominent forehead and supraorbital ridges, hypertelorism, broad nasal tip with anteverted nostrils, micrognathia, and thick lips. Golabi-Ito-Hall syndrome is considered a similar but separate entity.


  • J. F. Atkin, K. Flaitz, S. Patil, W. Smith:
    An X-linked mental retardation syndrome.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics, New York, 1985, 21: 697-705.
  • J. M. Opitz, J. F. Reynolds, L. M. Spano, editors:
    X-linked mental retardation.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics, New York, 1986, 23: 15-16.

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