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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.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by About
About: Moebius syndrome
Date: 10 January 2005
Author: Mary Kugler
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