Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones, which prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face.
Some characteristic traits of children with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome:
- irregular head growth
- droopy eyelids
- wide-set eyes
- beaked nose
- crossed eyes
- short fingers and /or toes (some may be fused)
- low hairline
Most children with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome are of normal intelligence.
A team approach to Saethre-Chotzen syndrome
The Craniofacial Anomalies Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides a team approach to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with congenital or acquired facial deformities. If your child has been suffering from Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, our doctors can help.
Our program is staffed by an experienced team of clinicians, all with specialized training in the care of children with craniofacial anomalies.
Each year we treat more than 500 patients, 250 of them new patients, making our program one of the most experienced programs of its type in the country.