Noonan Syndrome

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

About one in every 2,000 babies is born with Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about Noonan syndrome in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Noonan syndrome is a genetic disorder. It causes some parts of your body to develop abnormally.

People with Noonan syndrome can have many different physical traits:

Your eyes may be spaced far apart, or your ears may be lower than normal.

You may have a deep groove in the space between your nose and mouth.

Your neck may look thick and webbed.

Your chest may look like its caved in or it may stick out.

You may be shorter than other people.

You may have problems with your heart.

You may bleed easily, and

If youre a male, you may have problems having children.

There is no specific cure for Noonan syndrome. If you have the disease, your family doctor may refer you to other doctors who specialize in treating specific body parts or systems.

If you or someone in your family has Noonan syndrome, there is a chance that you can pass the genes that cause the disease on to your children.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.