Managing infants with craniofacial malformations – Where to go next?

Published:September 16, 2021DOI:


      Treatment of infants with craniofacial malformations, e.g. Robin sequence, is characterized by considerable heterogeneity and a lack of randomized trials to identify an optimal approach. We propose to establish an international register using a common minimal dataset that will better allow for a comparison between key determinants and outcomes in these patients. In infants, this should include an assessment of mandibular micrognathia, glossoptosis, upper airway obstruction, weight gain and mode of feeding. Later on, neurocognition, speech development, hearing and quality of life should also be included. Together, these data will help better to advice parents on which treatment to choose for their baby with a craniofacial malformation.
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