FLK image from New Medical Terms

infant with facial dysmorphism (“FLK”)


A politically incorrect abbreviation (funny*-looking kid) which may be used for a neonate with nonspecific facial dysmorphism, which is typically accompanied by growth and/or mental retardation. The image demonstrates a child that most doctors would regard as an example thereof, here described as “facial dysmorphism: expressionless facies, sloping forehead, hypertelorism, downslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge with apex nasi bulbous and anteverted and everted lips” reported as Pseudo-Bartter syndrome due to Hirschsprung disease in a neonate with an extra ring chromosome 8 by Sophie Vanhaesebrouck et al in American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 143A(20):2469-72 · Oct 2007

*Funny as in odd, not as in ha-ha. FLK is confined to clinical (spoken) parlance (I found no pre-internet citations in the English medical–Index Medicus) referring to “funny-looking kids”. This is likely due to its derogatory nature. The term is thought to have been coined in the US in the mid-20th century, referring to children with facial features that are not typical of any particular chromosomal abnormality–e.g., trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), but are clearly abnormal genetically. An FLK may be the product of FLPs

Funny-looking parents

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