DefinitionBy Mayo Clinic staff
Stickler syndrome is a disorder that can cause serious vision, hearing and joint problems. Also known as hereditary progressive arthro-ophthalmopathy, Stickler syndrome is often diagnosed during childhood.
Children who have Stickler syndrome often have distinctive facial features — prominent eyes, a small nose and a receding chin. Having a small jaw with a tongue that has restricted movement can result in breathing and feeding difficulties during infancy.
While there is no cure for Stickler syndrome, treatments can help control symptoms and prevent complications. In some cases, surgery may be needed to correct some of the physical abnormalities associated with Stickler syndrome.
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