About Goldenhar Syndrome
What is Goldenhar Syndrome?
Goldenhar Syndrome is a congenital anomaly, meaning it is present at birth. Patients with Goldenhar Syndrome exhibit unilateral or bilateral Hemifacial Microsomia (HFM)
- An underdeveloped, assymetric half of the face affecting tissue, muscle, and the underlying bone structure. HFM affects the
Microtia - Literally meaning "small ear",
Aurel Atresia - Absence of the auditory canal
In addition to HFM, patients with GS also have other health issues which can include cleft lip/palate, hearing loss, epibulbar dermoids, vertebral anomalies and organ abnormalities including kidney and heart anomalies.
Some or all of the above-mentioned conditions may be present to varying degrees in each patient.
What causes Goldenhar Syndrome?
How often does Goldenhar Syndrome occur?