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How does Goldenhar syndrome affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Goldenhar syndrome affects the tissues and bones in the face and skull. Facial features, including the ears, eyes, mouth, cheeks, and jaw do not grow normally during fetus development. Facial features may appear lower or higher on one side of the face. Both sides of the face and skull can also be affected in varying degrees. In some cases the nerves in the face may be slightly paralyzed causing a crooked smile, and bones in the vertebrae may be fused. Without treatment, symptoms will be more pronounced as the child grows.

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