Russell-Silver syndrome (RSS) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by a wide variety of symptoms and physical findings that can vary in range and severity from person to person. The characteristic findings are:
- Growth delays before birth and after birth with growth deficiency often resulting in short stature in adulthood
- Unusual, distinctive facial features
- A pinky finger that is fixed or 'locked' in a bent position
- Undergrowth of one side or structure of the body resulting in unequal (asymmetric) growth
- Often normal intelligence but potentially increased risk of learning disabilities
In accordance with state law, Special Health Services pays for growth hormone treatment and medical food for individuals with Russell-Silver Syndrome.
Individuals through 18 years of age who are diagnosed with this condition and living in North Dakota can enroll in the program without regard to family income.