Pierre Robin Syndrome/Bird Facies- Symptoms

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Written by Dr. Kathy Jones | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Apr 20, 2016
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Symptoms

  • A very small lower jaw is the commonest finding in Pierre Robin syndrome. But the growth of the mandible seems to normalize by the 5th year of life, it however gives a characteristic appearance called as "bird facies."
  • The tongue can turn backwards and appears to fall into the throat.
  • The combination of a small lower jaw and the reverse tongue gives rise to acute breathing problems in a child because of airway blockage.
  • Defects of the middle ear can lead to hearing loss
  • Speech defects are common in Pierre Robin syndrome because of the unusual higly placed poition of the tongue and the lower jaw.
  • Heart defects have also been encountered in this condition.
  • Several muscular abnormalities like abnormally flexible joints and clubfeet are known to occur.
  • Nervous system problems might include a delay in the understanding and development of language skills and ometimes can present as fits (epilepsy).
  • A testis may not descend normally and is seen in 25 percent of the cases.

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anwita

My daughter is diagnosed with PRS. She has soft palate. Can any suggest where can I have best medical facilities where she can be treated?

My daughter has been diagnosed with Pierre Robin Syndrome. She is 1 month old and is fed with Medela Special Needs Feeder. Please tell me about best medical facilities [Hospitals] in India where she can be treated for Pierre Robin Syndrome (Corrective Surgery for Chin, Cleft palate, airway obstruction).
Prabhat Mishra

my son age 14 months have a hole in his mouth upper roof please tell me there is any medicine for him or surgery is only solution

Komael_Husaini

Could anyone tell me that if I go for a cleft palate surgery at the age of 25 , then what will be the possibility of success.Also I want to tell you that because of my speech defect, I want to go for this operation.

guest

I would do it. Go to a dr specializing in this. Both my sons had theirs repaired and it worked wonderful! A doctor that does this all the time can tell you if there is a good possibility of it working.

tinagln

Please advice
on the effect of Pierre Robin Syndrome long term
Eyes, Fine Motor skills, surgery carried out later for speech
any advice appriciated

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