Sturge-Weber Syndrome

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What is Sturge-Weber syndrome?

Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) is a rare neurological condition that is present at birth and is not hereditary. Recently, researchers have found that the underlying cause of SWS is a somatic mosaic mutation in the GNAQ gene. SWS is often characterized by a port-wine birthmark on the child’s face. Other common symptoms of SWS are neurological abnormalities, including seizures, and eye problems, such as glaucoma. These three common characteristics of SWS occur at varying degrees from patient to patient.


Care for Sturge-Weber syndrome

The Boston Children’s Hospital Sturge-Weber Syndrome Clinic is a national leader in caring for children with Sturge-Weber syndrome.

Our team includes specialists in the fields of:

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