Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
In some cases, the signs and symptoms of Stickler syndrome — such as facial abnormalities and eye problems — will be apparent while your child is still in the hospital after birth. Other times, your child won't be diagnosed until he or she is older.
After diagnosis, your child should be monitored regularly by doctors who specialize in areas specific to your child's problems. Depending on your child's needs, he or she may see a specialist in eye care (ophthalmologist); in ear, nose and throat care (otolaryngologist); or in joint care (rheumatologist). Since Stickler syndrome is a genetic condition, often care is coordinated by a medical geneticist.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
- Does your child seem to have any vision problems, such as blurry vision or seeing floaters or flashing lights?
- Does your child seem to have any trouble hearing?
- Have any of your child's symptoms worsened recently?
- Are your child's vision or hearing symptoms interfering with his or her schoolwork?
- What medications and supplements does your child take?
- Has anyone in your immediate or extended family had problems similar to this?
What to expect from your doctor
During the physical exam, your doctor may examine your child's face and mouth for features specific to Stickler syndrome. Your doctor may also extend your child's arms, legs and fingers to determine the extent of his or her flexibility.
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