hemifacial microsomia


    Hemifacial Microsomia is a condition in which the lower of one side of the face is underdeveloped and does not not grow normally. The severity of the condition varies, but always includes the underdevelopment of the ear and mandible.

    Researchers are still not sure why this happens, however, most agree that something occurred in the early stages of development, such as a disturbance of the blood supply to the first and second branchial arches in the first 6 to 8 weeks of pregnancy. However, studies have shown that there is no connection between the condition and the activities of the mother during pregnancy.

    There are may surgeries that may be recommended for children with Hemifacial Microsomia. The surgery will be used to reconstruct the bony and soft tissues of the face, creating better facial symmetry, and establishing normal joint junction and alignment of the teeth. The timing for such surgeries will vary among surgeons.

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