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Minerva Pediatrica 2011 August;63(4):341-4

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

A case of femoral-facial syndrome in a patient with autism spectrum disorders

Vecchio D. 1, 2, Salzano E. 2, Vecchio A. 2, Di Filippo T. 1, Roccella M. 1

1 Unit of Infant Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychology, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy; 2 P. “Aiuto Materno”, Unit of Infant Headache and Neurorehabilitation, Ausl 6. Palermo, Italy


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The Femoral hypoplasia - unusual facies syndrome (FHUF) or Femoral - facial syndrome (FFS) was at first described in 1975. Up to now about 60 cases have been reported. According to our knowledge only 4 cases have had congenital central nervous system’s malformations, furthermore the main stages of psychomotor development are almost always reported as normal or slightly altered in early childhood. We describe the first case of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in a patient with FFS, emphasizing that this rare association could be one of many unrecognized underlying features.

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