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Hemifacial microsomia is a congenital (present at birth) condition in which the tissue and/or structures on one side of the face are underdeveloped or absent. It is the second most commonly diagnosed facial birth defect after cleft lip and cleft palate.
An experienced geneticist — a specialist in disorders resulting from a problem in the genes — is the best expert to diagnose hemifacial microsomia. However, experts do not believe that all cases of hemifacial microsomia are linked to genetics. The geneticist will usually diagnose hemifacial microsomia with a physical examination of your child and by reviewing his or her medical history.
There is no single test for hemifacial microsomia, but several tests may be used to confirm a diagnosis. Possible diagnostic test include:
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