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Focus on the Physical Assessment of the Infant With Stickler Syndrome

Lansford, Michelle BSN, RN

Section Editor(s): MERRITT, LINDA MSN, RNC

doi: 10.1097/01.ANC.0000342763.64240.69
Focus on the Physical

Stickler syndrome is an autosomal dominant, genetic connective tissue disorder characterized by ocular, orofacial, auditory, and skeletal anomalies. The diagnosis of Stickler syndrome is often missed in the newborn period and diagnosed as simply Pierre Robin sequence. For these patients, complications and disabilities could be lessened by further analysis of the family history.

Neonatal caregivers are responsible for the immediate care of the newborn with Pierre Robin sequence. The prudent healthcare profession will explore the origin of the condition to provide optimal comprehensive care to the infant and family. This article reviews the physical findings of Stickler syndrome including differentiation between similar syndromes. A systematic review of physical findings is included along with treatment options.

Pediatrix Medical Group, Fort Worth, Texas.

Address correspondence to Michelle Lansford, BSN, RN, 8117 127 Pleasant Valley Lane, Weatherford, TX 76087; mdlmhl@gmail.com.

© 2008 National Association of Neonatal Nurses