Apert Sydrome: Physical Traits

The Stomach and Intestines:
There is an increased incidence of gastro-esophageal reflux among Apert children. In this condition, the contents of the stomach travel back up the esophagus and can go into the lungs. This can be screened for most effectively with a pH probe during an overnight sleep study, but can also be picked up on a barium swallow. If present, it is usually treated with medication. In some cases, treating this reflux has greatly improved a child's breathing and respiratory problems. At our center we have treated a patient with Apert syndrome and a malrotation of the intestines.