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Medical Information - Apert Syndrome

APERT syndrome is one of the craniofacial conditions that fall into the group called craniofacial dysostosis syndromes. It was first described in the early 1900s by the French paediatrician Eugene Apert. It predominantly affects the head, face and limbs (mainly extremities).

Apert syndrome presents a number of typical features. The child with this condition usually enters a co-ordinated programme of care involving many different clinical specialities integrating the various expertises.

Common features:

Children born with Apert Syndrome will often need the support of other hospital departments such as ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Audiology (Hearing) and Opthalmology (Vision) throughout their care, as well as likely surgical treatment to the head and hands. Each patient will experience varying levels of problems within these disciplines, depending on their own particular circumstances as every child is different.

A child with Apert syndrome is likely to experience some early learning delay. Many will catch up, but for others this may lead to longer term learning difficulties, which can be mild, moderate or severe with each case being different.

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