ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Potential complications include:
- Difficulty breathing or feeding. Babies born with Pierre Robin sequence — which includes an opening in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate), a disproportionately large tongue and a small lower jaw — may experience difficulty feeding or breathing.
- Blindness. Blindness can occur if glaucoma goes untreated or if retinal detachments aren't repaired promptly.
- Ear infections. Children with facial structure abnormalities associated with Stickler syndrome are more likely to develop ear infections than are children with normal facial features.
- Deafness. Hearing loss typically worsens with time, and a small percentage of people with Stickler syndrome eventually become completely deaf.
- Heart problems. While some studies show that people with Stickler syndrome are at higher risk of heart valve problems, other studies have found no connection between the two conditions.
- Dental problems. Most children who have Stickler syndrome have abnormally small jaws, so there often isn't enough room for the full complement of adult teeth. Braces or, in some cases, dental surgeries may be necessary.
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