Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome

What is Saethre-Chotzen syndrome?

Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones, which prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face.

Some characteristic traits of children with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome:

  • irregular head growth
  • droopy eyelids
  • wide-set eyes
  • beaked nose
  • crossed eyes (strabismus and amblyyopia)
  • short fingers and/or toes (some may be fused)
  • low hairline

Most children with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome are of normal intelligence.

How we care for Saethre-Chotzen syndrome

The Craniofacial Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides a team approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children and adults with congenital or acquired facial deformities. If your child has been suffering from Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, our doctors can help.

Expert team

Our program is staffed by an experienced team of clinicians, all with specialized training in the care of children with craniofacial anomalies.

Each year we treat more than 500 patients, 250 of them new patients, making our program one of the most experienced programs of its type in the country.