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Moebius syndrome

Moebius syndrome is a rare (several hundred cases worldwide) condition where the face exhibits no facial expression whatsoever. Babies born with the condition may be undiagnosed for a while or the parents may notice that the baby's expressions don't change even when it cries. The baby may also have problems with sucking and drooling and may be cross-eyed. Other symptoms include a deformed tongue, deformed jaw, hand deformity, foot deformity, club foot, missing fingers, low muscle tone, swallowing problems and breathing problems. Crawling and walking is frequently delayed but they do eventually catch up. The condition is not degenerative and treatment is given according to symptoms presented eg surgery to fix deformities. Surgery may be an option to provide the face with some ability to exhibit expression.

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About: Moebius syndrome

Date: 10 January 2005

Source: About

Author: Mary Kugler

URL: http://rarediseases.about.com/cs/moebiussyndrome/a/081603.htm

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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and sucking problems
  • Diagnosis and drooling
  • Diagnosis and cross-eyed
  • Diagnosis and deformed tongue
  • Diagnosis and deformed jaw
  • Diagnosis and hand deformity
  • Diagnosis and foot deformity
  • Diagnosis and club foot
  • Diagnosis and missing fingers
  • Diagnosis and low muscle tone
  • Diagnosis and swallowing problems
  • Diagnosis and breathing problems
  • Diagnosis and walking delay
  • Diagnosis and crawling delay
  • Diagnosis and lack of facial expression
  • Diagnosis and moebius syndrome

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