Important It is possible that the main title of the report VACTERL Association is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
VACTERL association is a nonrandom association of birth defects that affects multiple organ systems. The term VACTERL is an acronym with each letter representing the first letter of one of the more common findings seen in affected children:
In addition, to the above mentioned features, affected children may also exhibit less frequent abnormalities including growth deficiencies and failure to gain weight and grow at the expected rate (failure to thrive). Further low-frequency findings include facial asymmetry (hemifacial microsomia), external ear malformations, lung lobation defects, intestinal malrotation and genital anomalies. VATER/VACTERL features are more common in twinning. In some cases, the acronym VATER association is used. Some researchers have added an (S) to the VACTERL or VATER acronym to represent a single umbilical artery instead of the normal two. Mental functioning and intelligence is usually unaffected; developmental delay/mental retardation should suggest an alternative diagnosis. The exact cause of VACTERL association is unknown. Most cases occur randomly, for no apparent reason (sporadic).
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 Tel: (914)997-4488 Fax: (914)997-4763 Tel: (888)663-4637 Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com
Pull-Thru Network 2312 Savoy Street Hoover, AL 35226-1528 USA Tel: (205)978-2930 Email: PTNmail@charter.net Internet: http://www.PullthruNetwork.org
Oley Foundation 214 Hun Memorial MC-28 Albany Medical Center Albany, NY 12208-3478 USA Tel: (518)262-5079 Fax: (518)262-5528 Tel: (800)776-6539 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.oley.org
EA/TEF Child and Family Support Connection, Inc. 111 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 1145 Chicago, IL. 60604-3502 USA Tel: (312)987-9085 Fax: (312)987-9086 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.eatef.org
Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula Support Group St. George's Centre 91 Victory Road Netherfield Nottingham, Intl NG4 2NN United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)115 961 3092 Fax: +44 (0)115 961 3097 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.tofs.org.uk
VATER Connection Support Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.thevaterconnection.com/index.asp
Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. 976 Lake Baldwin Lane Orlando, FL 32814 USA Tel: (407)895-0802 Fax: (407)895-0824 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.birthdefects.org
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network 150 Custer Court Green Bay, WI 54301-1243 USA Tel: (920)336-5333 Fax: (920)339-0995 Tel: (877)336-5333 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center PO Box 8126 Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126 Tel: (301)251-4925 Fax: (301)251-4911 Tel: (888)205-2311 TDD: (888)205-3223 Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Fetal Hope Foundation 9786 S Holland Street Littleton, CO 80127 USA Tel: (303)932-0553 Tel: (877)789-4673 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.fetalhope.org
Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation of Smiles 2044 Michael Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509 Email: Rachelmancuso09@comcast.net Internet: http://www.cleftsmile.org
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