Hecht syndrome
A striking genetic disorder in which abnormally short muscles in the jaw make it impossible to open the mouth fully and abnormally short muscles in the hands keep the fingers straight when the hand is flexed back. Difficulty in opening the mouth fully can cause severe infant feeding problems. The hands may be so tightly fisted the infant crawls on his or her knuckles. The gene for the syndrome is transmitted as a "classic" autosomal dominant trait passing from father or mother to son or daughter. Hecht syndrome was first described by Drs. Frederick Hecht and Rodney K. Beals of the Oregon Health Sciences University. They called it "Inability to Open the Mouth Fully." The disorder now also goes by an accurate but hard-to-remember name — the trismus pseudocamptodactyly syndrome.

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(hekt) [Frederick Hecht, American physician, born 1930] trismus-pseudocamptodactyly syndrome.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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