Many specialists may be involved in treating a person with this condition. They include:
A doctor specializing in genetics to help diagnose Russell-Silver syndrome
A gastroenterologist or nutritionist to help develop the proper diet to enhance growth
An endocrinologist to prescribe growth hormone
A genetic counselor and psychologist
Older children and adults do not show typical features as clearly as infants or younger children. Intelligence may be normal, although the person may have a learning disability.
A person with Russell-Silver syndrome may have these problems:
Chewing or speaking difficulty if jaw is very small
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your child's health care provider if signs of Russell-Silver syndrome develop. Make sure your child's height and weight are measured during each well-child visit. The provider may refer you to:
A genetic professional for a full evaluation and chromosome studies
A pediatric endocrinologist for management of your child's growth problems
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Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, FACMG, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section on Medical Genetics, Winston-Salem, NC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.