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What are some disorders that are linked to heterochromia?

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  • Your baby probably won't have any other eye (or health) problems, but it can be linked to a disorder caused by a problem gene. Some of these include: Waardenburg syndrome: This is a group of genetic conditions that can cause hearing loss and changes in hair, skin, and eye color.
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome: A key sign is a large purplish birthmark on the face caused by problems with some blood vessel. Seizures are a common sign, but heterochromia iridis also can happen.
  • Parry-Romberg syndrome: Also known as progressive hemifacial atrophy, this is a rare condition that makes one side of your face sunken and wrinkled.
  • Horner's syndrome: This is a rare disorder caused by problems with certain facial nerves. Signs of it can include heterochromia, different sized pupils, and a drooping eyelid.

SOURCES:

CMAJ/JMAC Canadian Medical Association Journal : "Heterochromia."

National Institutes of Health, Genetic and Rare Diseases Center: "Heterochromia iridis," "Waardenburg syndrome," "Sturge-Weber Syndrome," "Progressive hemifacial atrophy," "Horner's Syndrome."

National Institutes of Health, Genetics Home Reference: "Is eye color determined by genetics?"

American Academy of Opthalmology: "Preventing Eye Injuries," "What is Ocular Melanoma?" "Heterochromia."   

"American Cancer Society: "Neuroblastoma," "Melanoma Skin Cancer."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

CMAJ/JMAC Canadian Medical Association Journal : "Heterochromia."

National Institutes of Health, Genetic and Rare Diseases Center: "Heterochromia iridis," "Waardenburg syndrome," "Sturge-Weber Syndrome," "Progressive hemifacial atrophy," "Horner's Syndrome."

National Institutes of Health, Genetics Home Reference: "Is eye color determined by genetics?"

American Academy of Opthalmology: "Preventing Eye Injuries," "What is Ocular Melanoma?" "Heterochromia."   

"American Cancer Society: "Neuroblastoma," "Melanoma Skin Cancer."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 13, 2018

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