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- Alobar Holoprosencephaly
- Holoprosencephaly Sequence
- Lobar Holoprosencephaly
- Semilobar Holoprosencephaly
- Middle interhemispheric fusion
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is the failure of the prosencephalon (a region of the brain in the fetus that develops into parts of the adult brain), or forebrain, to develop normally. Instead of the normal completely distinct left and right halves of the forebrain, there is an abnormal continuity between the two sides. Mental retardation is associated and seizures are often present. Children with holoprosencephaly may also have defects in the development of the middle of the face such as closely set eyes (hypotelorism), tooth abnormalities (single central incisor), cleft lip/palate, and an abnormally small head (microcephaly) may occur.
National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction
333 East 30th Street, Lobby Unit
New York, NY 10016
Independent Holoprosencephaly Support Site
Web Site on the Internet
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
31 Center Dr
Building 31, Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892
Carter Centers for Brain Research in Holoprosencephaly and Related Malformations
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Department of Neurology
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219-3993
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
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Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Last Updated: 11/17/2008
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