Goldenhar Syndrome

Also known as: Goldenhar disease, oculo-auriculo-vertebral syndrome, hemifacial microsomia, craniofacial microsomia.

What is Goldenhar syndrome?

Goldenhar syndrome is a disorder that is present at birth. It usually manifests as congenital anomalies of the eye, ear on one or both sides of the face, as well as spine. It can also affect other parts of the body such as jaw development.

What causes Goldenhar syndrome?

The cause of Goldenhar syndrome is not entirely clear. It is suspected that problems with blood flow while the fetus is developing may contribute to the condition.

What are the symptoms of Goldenhar syndrome?

Individuals with Goldenhar syndrome may have a missing or partially developed ear, cleft lip, cleft palate, other face or jaw problems, eye problems, a large or small mouth, tooth issues, spinal malformation and heart, kidney and lung problems, among other symptoms.

What are Goldenhar syndrome care options?

Goldenhar syndrome cannot be cured. Treatment is focused on helping people live their best life possible with the disease. This can include speech therapy, treatments to address feeding difficulties, hearing and vision problems, heart surgery, ear reconstruction, and jaw surgery.


Reviewed by: Saoussen Salhi, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/16/2018 9:12:04 AM

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