Only 2-20 children in a million are born with Moebius syndrome, a rare neurological disease. The causes of this congenital defect are not known, and it can affect all ethnicities. Children born with this condition have facial weakness and paralysis that affects their ability to control eye and facial muscle movement. Each case is unique, but there are options for treatment to improve quality of life.
What is Moebius Syndrome?
Moebius syndrome usually affects two or more of the cranial nerves. In most cases, the facial muscles are not functional. Unlike many cases of facial paralysis that only occur on one side of the face, children born with Moebius syndrome may have bilateral facial palsy. The degree of facial paralysis and nerves affected can vary greatly, but two indicators are always present. These indicators are congenital facial weakness and an inability to move one or both eyes away from the nose.
Treatment Options for Children with Moebius Syndrome
In most cases, surgical intervention is completed for children around the ages of six or seven. Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, is a highly qualified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in the treatment of facial paralysis. He offers personalized treatment plans for children with Moebius syndrome to restore their ability to smile, frown and control eye movement. Some of the procedures that may be used include:
- Gracilis muscle transfer
- Eyelid surgery or reconstruction
- Nerve transfer
When performed early, children with Moebius syndrome can achieve an improved appearance and facial function. This can give them a higher quality of life with the self-confidence they deserve. Dr. Rosenberg is dedicated to finding the most advantageous solutions to help children with Moebius syndrome regain their beautiful smiles and facial expressions.
If you want to learn more about the treatment options available for facial paralysis caused by Moebius syndrome, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenberg. We have offices in Staten Island and NYC for your convenience.