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Inherited Disorders and Birth Defects

Face asymmetry

03/03/2008

Question:

I have an asymmetric face - my left eye is slightly lower, my nose deviates slightly to the left, and I have a deviated septum. My jaw is off-set to the left, my left lower cheek (where I smile) is larger than the right. I also have perfect vision in my right eye, but horrible vision in my left eye. I was just wondering if this is all a coincidence, or if there is a reason behind it? Thanks.

Answer:

There could be an underlying reason for the asymmetry in your face. There are some genetic disorders where this occurs. I would highly recommend that you contact a geneticist or genetic counselor about your concerns so that a diagnosis can be made if that is appropriate. You can find a genetics center near you at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Resource website listed below.

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Response by:

Anne   Matthews, RN, PhD Anne Matthews, RN, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University