What is Parry Romberg syndrome?

Also known as: PRS, hemifacial atrophy, Romberg syndrome

Parry Romberg syndrome is a genetic disorder that leads to the skin and tissues on half the face becoming soft and gradually deteriorating. This is known as hemifacial atrophy. It also can impact the mouth, gums and jaw.

What causes Parry Romberg syndrome?

The cause of Parry Romberg syndrome is not entirely clear. It may be an autoimmune disorder (a disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s organs and tissues) that occurs after another infection.

What are the symptoms of Parry Romberg syndrome?

The facial deterioration commonly affects the left side of the face and occurs more often in females than males. It often starts between the mouth and nose and gradually impacts the entire half of the face. The skin becomes sunken, and often darkly pigmented, as well.

What are Parry Romberg syndrome care options?

A few years after the initial symptoms of Parry Romberg syndrome, reconstruction of the bone, muscle and skin of the face is often an option.

Reviewed by: Paul A Cardenas, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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