Treacher Collins Syndrome
Treacher Collins Syndrome is typically bilateral and symmetrical and involves the outer eyelids, cheekbones and jaws; The downward slanting outer corners of the eye from the missing or small cheekbone (zygomatic arch) give a saddened appearance, the small lower jaw give an open bite deformity. It ranges from a mild to a severe deformity. Since Treacher Collins is autosomal dominant, the condition can affect others in the same family.
CORRECTION OF TREACHER COLLINS OBJECTIVES:
-Improve cheekbone projection and support for the eyelids. (Zygomatic bone grafts/Eyelid switch flaps procedures)
-Rebuild lower jaw to improve the airway and provide the best dental bite. (Distraction procedure)
-Create a new external ear from a child’s own cartilage when needed. (Microtia repair)
-Transplant fat and soft tissue for a smooth symmetrical cheek contour. (Fat grafting)
STATE OF ART TECHNIQUES:
Dr. Bradley is able to provide all of the necessary surgical corrective procedures mentioned above at the appropriate time since he is known for his expert care in treating patients with Treacher Collins.
- What is the right age for my child to start reconstruction?
The timing will consider the functional problems, social integration, and minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Your child’s treatment plan, including the best timing of the procedure, is unique for your child. Many of the procedures including jaw and ear reconstruction, happen between the ages of 5-8 years of age. ‘Final-stage’ procedures happen in the late teen aged years.
- Which specialists should be following my child?
Dr. Bradley will work with the ENT surgeon, Orthodontist, Speech Pathologist, Audiologist, and other specialist closely so that all needs are met at the appropriate time.