How is CLOVES syndrome diagnosed?
Because symptoms of CLOVES syndrome can be subtle and hard to notice right away (or very obvious and causing clear problems in day-to-day life, depending on the particular child), it’s critical to seek a diagnosis from an experienced pediatric professional.
To diagnose CLOVES syndrome, doctors will usually combine these steps:
- obtaining a detailed medical and family history
- a thorough medical exam
- imaging studies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound and x-rays
Genetic tests may become available in the future.
Can a prenatal ultrasound detect CLOVES syndrome?
Yes. However, because CLOVES is so rare and still not a widely known disorder that doctors look for in utero, an ultrasound is not a foolproof way to detect it; a clinical exam must be performed after birth.