Group of signs or symptoms in different parts of the body that occur together and make up a particular pattern or condition. The causative gene mutations are known for many syndromes.
- Robin Sequence: More Than a Receding ChinRobin Sequence: More Than a Receding Chin By John Mulliken, MD, Director, Craniofacial Centre, Boston Children’s Hospital Children born with Robin sequence (named for an early 20th century French physician; pronounced row-BAN) have a lower jaw that is smaller than normal (micrognathia) or set back from the upper jaw (retrognathia).
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- Reshaping the Head: Treating Unilateral Coronal SynostosisA baby’s brain grows rapidly before birth and during infancy. The brain has room to grow, because, early on, the head is not solid. Instead, it consists of a number of bones, known as plates, separated by narrow openings. As the brain enlarges, the plates also gradually grow toward each other. The junctions where the plates meet are called sutures.
- Nathaniel FinchNathaniel Finch, Lexington, MA – graduated from Lexington High School, where he played on the ultimate Frisbee team and worked on the tech crew for school drama productions. He also served in the peer leader program as an advocate to other students.
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- Apert syndromeGenetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis). This early fusion prevents the cranial bones from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face. There is also abnormal fusion of joints of the fingers and toes.
- First and Second Pharyngeal Arch SyndromesA variety of congenital syndromes affecting the face occur due to defects involving the first and second Branchial Arches.
- Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS, 22q11 Deletion Syndrome)Velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS or 22q11 Deletion Syndrome) is a genetic condition characterized by abnormal pharyngeal arch development that results in defective development of the parathyroid glands, thymus, and conotruncal region of the heart.
- Branchio-oto-renal Syndrome (BOR)This genetic disorder includes malformations of the ear and cysts and sinus tracts in and near the neck, hearing loss, and malformations of the kidney.