Goldenhar Syndrome

Reports from the MHC data base

Report from the Observation Chart (PDF)

Synonyms

  • Oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (OAVS)
  • hemifacial microsomia

Codes

ICD-10: Q87.0D
ORPHA: 374

Estimated occurrence

2:100 000 live births

Etiology

Unknown

General symptoms

The following deformities may occur:

  • Craniofacial – Facial asymmetry and underdeveloped jaws(hemifacialmicrosomia).
  • Auricular – Underdeveloped ears and ear canals, "tags" of skin or cartilage in front of the ear.
  • Eys – white lumps on the edge of the cornea (epibulbar dermoids) and eyelid deformities (eyelid colobomas).
  • Skeletal – Vertebral anomalies.
  • Cardiac – The most common defect is ventricular septum defect (VSD) and Fallot's anomaly.

Hearing impairment and squinting are common.

Orofacial/odontological symptoms

Skeletal asymmetry and a small lower jaw. Facial palsy may occur. Sucking difficulties are common in newborns, own to the craniofacial deformities, narrow airway and/or cardiac defect. Many of these children have to be tube fed. Even older children and adults may have eating difficulties. Narrow airways may result in snoring problems and sleep apnea (frequent suspension of breathing while asleep).

Orofacial/odontological treatment

  • Many individuals with Goldenhar syndrome will require jaw surgery and orthodontic treatment.
  • In cases of craniofacial deformities, a specialist team will be needed for follow up and treatment.
  • Children with eating difficulties often require extra dental care, including help with oral hygiene and fluoride treatments.
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties are investigated and treated by a specialist team at the hospital or multidisciplinary treatment center.
  • Snoring problems should be followed up by a physician.
  • When treating medically compromised patients always contact their doctors for medical advice.

Sources

  • The rare disease database of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare.
  • The MHC database - The Mun-H-Center database on oral health and of orofacial function in rare diseases.
Updated: 2017-09-12 14:22