Pediatric Treacher-Collins syndrome is a genetic disease (present at birth) in which the facial bones and tissues do not properly develop. The condition may change a child’s appearance, specifically the ears, eyes, cheeks and jaw.
Children born with Treacher-Collins syndrome will have one or more facial defects. The condition impacts each child differently and the symptoms may or may not be noticeable. Children with Treacher-Collins syndrome may have additional complications like restricted airways. The genetic mutation does not typically impact learning or intellectual development.
Symptoms of Treacher-Collins syndrome include:
The exact cause of Treacher-Collins syndrome is unknown, but it is due to a genetic mutation.