Stickler Syndrome

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Definition

Stickler syndrome (also known as David-Stickler syndrome or Stickler-Wagner syndrome) is a group of genetic disorders affecting connective tissue, specifically collagen. Stickler syndrome is marked by a distinctive facial appearance, eye abnormalities, hearing loss, and joint problems. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Treatment

Many professionals that are most likely to be involved in the treatment of those with Stickler's Syndrome, include craniofacial surgeons, ear/nose/and throat specialists, ophthalmologists, audiologists and rheumatologists.

Symptoms and Signs

A characteristic trait of Stickler syndrome is a somewhat flattened facial appearance. This is the result of underdeveloped bones in the middle of the face, including cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. Children with a cleft palate are also prone to frequent ear infections and difficulties with swallowing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Causes

The syndrome is thought to result from a mutation of several collagen genes during fetal development. It is a sex independent autosomal dominant trait which means a person with the syndrome has a 50% chance of passing it on to each child.

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