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What is Pfeiffer syndrome?

Pfeiffer syndrome is an inherited syndrome which was originally described in 1964.    In Pfeiffer syndrome, the coronal, lambdoid and sagittal sutures fuse before birth.    Doctors tend to categorise Pfeiffer syndrome into three groups according to severity, from mild to severe.

Pfeiffer syndrome predominantly affects the appearance of the head and face. Common features include  mid-face and shallow orbits (eye sockets), resulting in prominent eyeballs (proptosis) which  may become more evident as the child grows.  The hands and feet are also involved and may require surgical care.

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