Van der Woude Syndrome

Also known as: VDWS.

What is Van der Woude syndrome?

Van der Woude syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the mouth and face. The most common symptoms are cleft lip, cleft palate, depressions (pits) or extra tissue on the lower lip and missing teeth on occasion.

What causes Van der Woude syndrome?

Van der Woude syndrome occurs due to a genetic mutation, and it can be passed along from an affected person to their children. The condition can also occur for the first time in a person.

What are the symptoms of Van der Woude syndrome?

The facial differences are the primary symptoms of Van der Woude syndrome. Children with the condition may have developmental delays or learning disabilities, as well.

What are Van der Woude syndrome care options?

Various surgical procedures can be used to correct the facial differences that arise as part of Van der Woude syndrome.


Reviewed by: Mislen S Bauer, MD

This page was last updated on: July 06, 2021 03:56 PM

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