What Is Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome?
The cause of Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is a mutation in a gene that is important in the development of the head and limbs. If your child has Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, he or she may have an asymetrical head and face, craniosynostosis, droopy eyes, and shortened or webbed fingers and toes.
Even if Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is inherited in your family and you consulted a geneticist before getting pregnant, it is still normal to feel overwhelmed when considering the treatment and prognosis for your child.
At the Yale Craniofacial Program, our internationally recognized team of surgeons and cross-disciplinary specialists work together to provide top-level quality care for your child while offering the utmost support for your family.
Causes of Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
Saethre-Chotzen is often seen among several generations in a family. However, it can occur as a new genetic mutation, which means there is no family history of the syndrome.
Often parents have feelings of guilt and frustration when their child is the first to carry a genetic mutation. However, it is important to know that there is nothing you did to cause the mutation, nor could you have prevented your child from getting Saethre-Chotzen syndrome.
It has been estimated that 1 of 25,000 to 50,000 infants are born with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome.
Symptoms of Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
- An asymmetrical face, or a tall, flat forehead
- Droopy eyelids
- Crooked nose
- Webbed fingers or toes
- Cleft palate
Treatments for Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
Other treatments for Saethre-Chotzen syndrome include surgery for cleft palate or webbed fingers, as they can be symptoms of the syndrome.
If your child has feeding problem or hearing loss, the process is much the same as a child with cleft palate.
During the planning stage, we use the most advanced 3D imaging techniques for a complete understanding of your child’s specific condition and how your child’s soft and bony tissues are affected. By gathering accurate data about your child’s craniofacial differences, we can:
- Simulate the outcome of proposed surgical plans and adjust any discrepancies before surgery
- Follow and monitor your child’s condition during the post-surgical healing process
- Monitor your child’s long-term development