Treacher Collins syndrome is a genetic condition that leads to problems with the structure of the face. Most cases are not passed down through families.
Changes to one of three genes, TCOF1, POLR1C, or POLR1D, can lead to Treacher Collins syndrome. The condition can be passed down through families (inherited). However, most of the time, there is not another affected family member.
This condition may vary in severity from generation to generation and from person to person.
Exams and Tests
The child most often will show normal intelligence. An exam of the infant may reveal a variety of problems, including:
- Abnormal eye shape
- Flat cheekbones
- Cleft palate or lip
- Small jaw
- Low-set ears
- Abnormally formed ears
- Abnormal ear canal
- Hearing loss
- Defects in the eye (coloboma that extends into the lower lid)
- Decreased eyelashes on the lower eyelid
Genetic tests can help identify gene changes linked to this condition.
Hearing loss is treated to ensure better performance in school.
Being followed by a plastic surgeon is very important, because children with this condition may need a series of operations to correct birth defects. Plastic surgery can correct the receding chin and other changes in face structure.
FACES: The National Craniofacial Association -- www.faces-cranio.org/
Children with this syndrome typically grow to become functioning adults of normal intelligence.
Complications may include:
- Feeding difficulty
- Speaking difficulty
- Communication problems
- Vision problems
When to Contact a Medical Professional
This condition is most often seen at birth.
Genetic counseling can help families understand the condition and how to care for the person.
Genetic counseling is recommended if you have a family history of this syndrome and wish to become pregnant.
Mandibulofacial dysostosis; Treacher Collins-Franceschetti syndrome
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Review Date 7/30/2021
Updated by: Anna C. Edens Hurst, MD, MS, Associate Professor in Medical Genetics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.