Hi! I’m SLOpotamus, but everyone calls me Baby Smith. I’m the Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome monster. Orange is my favorite color, Tick and Foggy are my best friends, and eggs are my very favorite thing to eat because I need the cholesterol.
Did you know that cholesterol is an essential component of the cell membrane and tissue of the brain? SLOS is caused by an enzyme deficiency that causes a problem with cholesterol metabolism. It’sinherited as an autosomal recessive genetic disorder and is characterized by slow growth before and after birth, small head (microcephaly), mild to moderate mental retardation and multiple birth defects including particular facial features, cleft palate, heart defects, fused second and third toes, extra fingers and toes and underdeveloped external genitals in males.
The severity of SLOS varies greatly in affected individuals. Some children will have only one or two minor malformations, such as webbing of the toes and cleft palate, but others can have many. But one thing for sure is that everyone with SLOS has the biggest, brightest smile you have ever seen!
That’s a lot of difficult information to remember. Here are some easier things to remember about me:
Nickname: Baby Smith
Represents: Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome
Favorite colors: yellow and orange
Super power: endless energy, infectious smile
Prone to: developmental delays, organ malformation, sensitivity to sun, surges of extreme energy, abnormal sleep patterns, small stature, syndactyly of second and third toes, and g-tube placement.
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