Oral Facial Digital Syndrome

Also known as: OFD syndrome.

What is oral facial digital syndrome?

As the name suggests, oral facial digital syndrome is a genetic disorder that primarily affects the development of the mouth, face, fingers and toes. There are actually several different varieties of oral facial digital syndrome that fall under the umbrella term for the disease. The disease is present at birth, and symptoms can persist and worsen as a person ages.

What causes oral facial digital syndrome? 
A genetic mutation is the cause of oral facial digital syndrome. The disease can be passed along from parents to their children.

What are the symptoms of oral facial digital syndrome? 
A cleft tongue, cleft palate, abnormal teeth, a broad nose, widely spaced eyes and misshapen or extra fingers or toes are all potential symptoms of oral facial digital syndrome.

What are oral facial digital syndrome care options?
There is no cure for oral facial digital syndrome. The individual symptoms can be treated as they occur in order to give individuals with the disease the best quality of life possible. The Craniofacial team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has a large experience in treating patients with Oral Facial Digital Syndrome.  Care is individualized for each child to maximize aesthetic and functional outcomes. 

Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD

This page was last updated on: 3/22/2018 9:15:47 AM

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