Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Pete | 2011/07/22


Goldenhar Syndrom

I have a fiend who''s stepson apparantly has this syndrome. The child has been ''diagnosed'' that he has only one side of the brain developed and has the intelectual capacity of a 3yr old when he is 9. I understand that he has the common associated ear condition. Is the brain development associated with this or could it be another form of condition. Further is there any local support structure where more knowledge can be found on this. Could you also possibly provide contacts within the state medical system where this child can be assisted?

Expert's Reply



Goldenhar syndrome affects one side of the face with absence of the ear on that side. The brain itself is not usually affected.You can read more on Google by entering 'goldenhar syndrome' You do not mention where you live. This young boy needs to be correctly diagnosed and assessed for possible plastic surgery.It would be best if he was seen initially at the genetic clinic of a major paediatric teaching hospital such as Red Cross Children's hospital in Cape Town or Steve Biko Academic hospital in Pretoria.

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