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J Assoc Genet Technol. 2005;31(4):163-7.

Overview of Smith-Magenis syndrome.

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SMS Research Unit, OCD/National Human Genome Research Institute/National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-1851, USA.


Increased awareness of the phenotype associated with SMS permits early diagnosis and optimal management and intervention. From a management standpoint, the unique constellation of behavioral dysfunction and sleep disturbances has a significant impact on the parents, siblings and relatives of individuals with SMS as well as the professionals involved in their care. Support groups for families of persons with SMS like PRISMS in the US [], provide families with up-to-date information, as well as emotional and peer support, enabling them to better care for their child.

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