The Neuropsychiatry and Multisystem Features of the Smith-Magenis Syndrome: A Review

University College London, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School, Wolfson Bldg., 48 Riding House St., London W1N 8AA, UK.
Journal of Neuropsychiatry (Impact Factor: 2.82). 02/2005; 17(1):91-7. DOI: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.17.1.91
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Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) is a complex, pediatric, neurobehavioral, contiguous gene syndrome ascribed to interstitial microdeletion of chromosome 17, band 11.2. The syndrome is characterized by distinctive behavioral, neurocognitive, and neuropsychiatric abnormalities. This genetically mediated disorder of mental retardation prompts behavioral researchers to examine the links between genes, brain, and behavior in order to solve the gene-behavior puzzle and the genotype/phenotype correlation. In this article, the authors review literature on behavioral profile and its associated psychopathologies, cognitive profiles, multisystem abnormalities, and genetic correlates that highlight the complexities of the disorder.

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    • "This work is the fi rst evidence of the cognitive and psycholinguistic profi le characterization in patients with SMS in Spain, and will help to guide a more accurate diagnosis and differential intervention in rare genetic diseases with similar cognitive and psycholinguistic profi les. llo que cursa con défi cit cognitivo y del desarrollo, y suele manifestarse con defectos cardiológicos congénitos, rasgos faciales característicos (forma cuadrada de la cara, labio superior evertido —en forma de tienda de campaña— y ojos hundidos) y problemas comportamentales (Shelley y Robertson, 2005). Uno de los aspectos clínicos más sobresalientes y de mayor preocupación son los trastornos del sueño, que obliga a la mayoría de los afectados a medicarse y seguir con frecuencia un tratamiento con melatonina (Greenberg et al., 1991; Potocki, Chen, Park, Osterholm, Withers, Kimonis et al., 2000). "

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    • "Parent reports [5] [9] [22] and wrist actigraphy [7] [23] [24] have documented substantial sleep disturbances that are associated with an inverted circadian rhythm of melatonin [25] [26] and maladaptive behavior [17] [19]. These behavioral difficulties are considered the most distinctive and problematic characteristic of the syndrome [17] [19] [27] [28]. To date, no systematic evaluation of a group of children with SMS younger than 3 years of age has been reported. "
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    • "Traits ascribed to this condition also include a high level of social attentionseeking and friendliness with strangers, high sensitivity and irritability (Sarimski 2004), decreased sensitivity to pain (Bi et el. 2006; Shelley and Robertson 2005), high sociability as infants, with appealing smiles and lack of crying, and good eye contact and sense of humor as children (Smith et al. 1998). Individuals with Smith-Magenis syndrome exhibit moderate to severe mental retardation (Sarimski 2004), with a relative strength in verbal skills, but relatively weak sequential processing abilities (Dykens et al. 1997). "
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