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FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
(423) 266-1632
(800) 332-2373
P.O. Box 11082, Chattanooga, TN 37401

Pierre Robin Sequence

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What is Pierre Robin?
Pierre Robin is not a syndrome or a disease. It is usually referred to as Pierre Robin Sequence, although it is also know as "Pierre Robin Malformation Sequence", "Robin Anomalad", and "Cleft Palate, Micrognathia and Glossoptosis." It is the name given to the following birth defects if they appear together:

FACES makes no referrals to specific craniofacial reconstructive surgeons or medical centers. This video is strictly for information purposes and is not a recommendation or endorsement for this medical facility or its practitioners.

Why did this happen?
Doctors do no know exactly why Pierre Robin occurs. They do not believe it is the result of anything the mother did or did not do during pregnancy. If the child only has Pierre Robin, many experts believe that it is the result of the positioning of the fetus in the early weeks of pregnancy.

Will this happen to children I have in the future?
Pierre Robin does not tend to run in families. The chances of you having another child with Pierre Robin are very small, unless the Pierre Robin Sequence is a part of a syndrome.

What kinds of problems could my child have?
In addition to the physical characteristics common to Pierre Robin, your child may have the following problems:

Will my child need surgery?
Depending on the severity of Pierre Robin, your child may have some or all of the following surgeries:

New advances in procedures to correct the problems associated with Pierre Robin are constantly being made. Be an advocate for your child!

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How do I get help for my child?
Your child should be treated by a qualified craniofacial medical team at a craniofacial center. Currently, FACES has information on many of these teams. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the craniofacial teams. Please contact FACES for details.

Am I alone?
No! There are many families and organizations who will be glad to talk with you and help you with information and support. Don't forget books, videos, and websites. The listing below will get you started.

FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
P. O. Box 11082
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Email: faces@faces-cranio.org
We provide financial support for non-medical expenses to patients traveling to a craniofacial center for treatment. Eligibility is based on financial and medical need. Resources include newsletters, information about craniofacial conditions, and networking opportunities.

Pierre Robin Network
P. O. Box 3274
Quincy, IL 62305
Email: info@pierrerobin.org
Website: www.pierrerobin.org
This is an internet support group composed of parents who are networking together to offer support to each other. There is also an outreach committee available to talk to those without internet access.

The Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF)
104 South Estes Drive, Suite 204
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(800) 24-CLEFT
Email: cleftline@aol.com
Website: www.cleftline.org
Resources include 24-hour information phone, fact sheets on cleft lip and palate and Pierre Robin, brochures, and medical referrals.

The Cleft Palate Story
Written by Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS, FICD. Published by Quintessence Publishing Co.,
Surgical procedures performed from birth to adolescence are treated in depth; helps parents to understand options and what to expect; appendices on financial assistance, agencies, support groups, and a glossary of terms.

National Health Law Program
1444 I Street NW, Suite 1105
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-7661
Website: www.healthlaw.org
Provides extensive information on health care law affecting families with children who have special health care needs.

Children with Facial Difference:
A Parent's Guide

Written by Hope Charkins, MSW. Order from Amazon.com if you cannot find it in your local bookstore. Excellent resource for parents to help them cope with medical, emotional, social, educational, legal, and financial challenges present by facial differences of their children.

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