SHORT syndrome is a condition in which affected individuals have multiple birth defects in different organ systems. The term SHORT is an acronym with each letter representing one of the common findings in affected persons:
(S)= short stature
(H)= hyperextensibility of joints and/or hernia (inguinal)
(O)= ocular depression
(R) =Rieger anomaly
(T) =teething delay
Other characteristics common in SHORT syndrome are a triangular face, small chin with a dimple, a loss of fat under the skin (lipodystrophy), abnormal position of the ears, hearing loss and delayed speech.