Moebius Syndrome: A Congenital Neurological Disorder
Moebius (Moebius) Syndrome is a rare, congenital neurological disorder that presents a variety of complications and visible symptoms. Because the condition is caused by the underdevelopment or absence of the 6th and 7th cranial nerves, the main sign of Moebius Syndrome is the inability to control facial expressions and eye movement. The experts at the Facial Paralysis Institute are leaders in restoring facial movement in children living with Moebius Syndrome.
Signs of Moebius Syndrome
Moebius Syndrome can present at various levels, with some patients experiencing symptoms at different degrees. However, the most common signs of Moebius Syndrome include:
- Inability to suck at birth
- Excessive drooling
- Trouble eating & swallowing
- Cleft palate
- Lack of facial expression
- Crossed eyes/eye sensitivity
- Physical deformities
Moebius Syndrome Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Moebius Syndrome, but there are treatment options to help with some of the side effects of the condition. Individual treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms, but many patients do undergo surgery to help gain some degree of facial reanimation. Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS of the Facial Paralysis Institute is a world-renowned Moebius Syndrome doctor, known for his facial paralysis expertise. He has helped give many children with Moebius Syndrome the ability to smile.
Dr. Azizzadeh encourages parents to consider the various treatment options for their child’s Moebius Syndrome before the child reaches school age to prevent the negative psychosocial effects of facial paralysis. To treat the paralysis caused by Moebius Syndrome, he typically uses a microsurgical trigeminal-gracilis muscle transfer to achieve optimal facial reanimation results. During this procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh takes the gracilis muscle from the child’s inner thigh and attaches it to the trigeminal nerve in the face. The procedure is performed over the course of a few stages, but, when completed, will allow the child to voluntarily control their facial movement.
Depending on your child’s individual condition, Dr. Azizzadeh may be able to offer other surgical treatments as well to address some of the facial deformities often caused by the disorder. Contact the Facial Paralysis Institute to schedule a consultation.
Contact An Expert Moebius Syndrome Doctor at the Facial Paralysis Institute
If your child was born with the neurological disorder Moebius Syndrome and is suffering from the resulting facial paralysis, contact the facial paralysis experts in Los Angeles today to schedule a consultation by calling (310) 657-2203. Dr. Azizzadeh is internationally recognized for his expertise in treating facial paralysis and loves nothing more than to put a smile on a child’s face.
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