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Branchio Oculo Facial Syndrome


Synonyms of Branchio Oculo Facial Syndrome
  • BOFS
  • Branchiooculofacial Syndrome
  • Hemangiomatous Branchial Clefts-Lip Pseudocleft Syndrome
  • Imperforate Nasolacrimal Duct, and Premature Aging Syndrome
  • Lip Pseudocleft-hemangiomatous Branchial Cyst Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Branchio-oculo-facial syndrome (BOFS) is a very rare genetic disorder that is apparent at birth (congenital). As of 2004, only about 50 cases of BOFS had been reported in the medical literature. The symptoms of most BOFS patients include the proliferation of blood vessels (hemangiomatous) in the lower neck or upper chest, low birth weight, retarded growth and some mental retardation. BOFS is characterized by the presence of a pseudocleft of the upper lip resembling a poorly repaired cleft lip, a malformed nose with a broad bridge and flattened tip, blockage of the tear ducts (lacrimal duct obstruction), malformed ears, lumps in the area of the neck or collarbone (branchial cleft sinuses) and/or linear skin lesions behind the ears. Often, affected individuals may have burn-like lesions behind the ears. However, even among the cases so far reported, the symptoms may vary from mild to severe forms. The disorder is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.

    Organizations related to Branchio Oculo Facial Syndrome
    • FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
      P.O. Box 11082
      Chattanooga TN 37401
      Phone #: 423-266-1632
      800 #: 800-332-2373
      e-mail: faces@faces-cranio.org
      Home page: http://www.faces-cranio.org
    • Let's Face It (USA)
      P.O. Box 29972
      Bellingham WA 98228-1972
      Phone #: 360-676-7325
      800 #: --
      e-mail: faceit@umich.edu
      Home page: http://www.dent.umich.edu/faceit
    • Lin, Angela E. M.D.
      Brigham and Women's Hospital
      Boston MA 02115
      Phone #: 617-732-4268
      800 #: --
      e-mail: ALIN@Partners.org
      Home page: N/A
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • National Craniofacial Foundation
      3100 Carlisle Street
      Dallas TX 75204
      Phone #: --
      800 #: 800-535-3643
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: N/A
    • National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction
      317 East 34th St.
      New York NY 10016
      Phone #: 212-263-6656
      800 #: 800-422-3223
      e-mail: whitney@nffr.org
      Home page: http://www.nffr.org



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