Apert Sydrome: Physical Traits
The external ears are usually normally shaped, but are positioned slightly
lower than average. The inner ear may be affected in a number of ways.
As a result of the mid-facial hypoplasia, the inner ear does not drain
well, and children frequently develop otitis media, or ear infections.
Most often, infants require placement of small tubes in the ear to prevent
frequent infections and chronic internal scarring. In addition, the bones
of the inner ear may be partially fused together, contributing to a "conductive"
hearing loss. Many adults with Apert syndrome may have some degree of
hearing loss, so careful attention to the ears is important in infancy
Other Apert Syndrome Physical Traits:
Skin | Skull
| Brain | Eyes
& Midface | Ears
| Mouth | Heart
| Stomach &
Intestines | Hands
& Feet | Other
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