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What are common symptoms of Goldenhar syndrome?

Goldenhar syndrome causes abnormal growth of tissue and bones in the face and skull. Symptoms range in type and severity and may include:

  • underdeveloped or missing outer ear tissue
  • cleft lip, cleft palate
  • benign growths around and/or on the eyes (epibulbar dermoids)
  • an underdeveloped or missing eye
  • deformed upper and/or lower jaw
  • fused bones in the neck

Symptoms usually affect one side of the face although can affect both sides.

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