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Hemifacial microsomia (HFM), also called craniofacial microsomia or sometimes "Goldenhar syndrome" is a condition in which half of one side of the face is underdeveloped and does not grow normally. “Hemifacial” means one side of the face. “Microsomia” means smallness.
The deformity in hemifacial microsomia can range from mild to severe, and the areas of the face that are affected also varies greatly from child to child. However, HFM always includes some degree of underdevelopment of the lower jaw (mandible).
Areas of the face that may be underdeveloped in HFM include:
The degree to which area of the face is affected varies widely, and some areas may not be affected at all.
Hemifacial microsomia calls for advanced care from a collaborative team that typically includes plastic and oral surgeons and dentists and orthodontists, among other specialists. At Boston Children’s, our Craniofacial team includes world-renowned specialists who are experts in treating HFM.
Families seeking the very best care for their child come to the Craniofacial Program at Boston Children’s for our:
Our Craniofacial Program includes some of the world’s most experienced craniofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial (jaw) specialists, dentistry professionals, psychologists and social workers—all working together to address the many needs of your child and your entire family.
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