Robin Sequence | Diagnosis

How is Robin sequence diagnosed?

A doctor can diagnose Robin sequence during an exam immediately after your baby is born. The visible symptoms of this sequence are:

  • A small lower jaw (mandible)
  • An opening in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate)
  • A tongue that is positioned further back in the mouth than normal (glossoptosis)

Infants with these facial differences are commonly taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the first day of life to be monitored for breathing problems (oxygen desaturations) and to provide assistance with feeding.

If your child has been diagnosed with Robin sequence, a geneticist can provide a full genetic evaluation to determine if the sequence is part of a syndrome that affects other organs and tissues.

The expert team of doctors and specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital includes a geneticist who can provide a thorough evaluation using a simple blood test.

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