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11-year Old Girl Diagnosed With Parry-Romberg Syndrome (PRS)

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on February 27, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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 11-year Old Girl Diagnosed With Parry-Romberg Syndrome (PRS)

An 11-year old girl, Christine Honeycutt has been diagnosed with a rare skin disorder called Parry-Romberg Syndrome (PRS). This is a slow, progressive deterioration of skin of the face which gives the sufferer an appearance that only one side of the face is ageing. This can be rectified only by corrective surgery. According to information provided by 'National Organization for Rare Disorders'it has been estimated that around 1 million people across the world suffer from this disorder, while its cause is still unknown. Early signs of PRS begin to appear as early as 5-years but can appear even as late as 15-years.

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Even in Christine's case the symptoms began to appear when she was 5-years old. A grey patch appeared on her forehead. Her mother thought that she must have banged her head somewhere. Following that, her mother noticed a dark blotch on Christine's neck. Pediatricians dismissed these marks as bruising and prescribed some lotions and advised her to avoid sunlight. The mark worsened in the coming months. This mark further became a crease and so Christine's mother took her to a new pediatrician who gave the same diagnosis like the first one. Since the Honeycutt family was not satisfied with diagnosis they sought expert advice and were told that their daughter was suffering with the rare Parry-Romberg syndrome (PRS).

There is no cure for the syndrome, but in Christine's case surgery has worked wonders.


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