For example, a child with webbed fingers or cleft palate will likely need surgery.Orthopaedic specialists from our Hand and Arm Disorders Program or plastic surgeons from the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Program will work with your family to create an individualized care plan for your child.After that, annual monitoring by trained clinicians is strongly encouraged to ensure any problems are spotted and treated as soon as possible.Additionally, physicians may recommend your child see several different specialists because other body systems may be affected by Klippel-Feil syndrome.Some children with Klippel-Feil syndrome won’t be diagnosed with vertebral problems until an accident causes pain or worsens the symptoms.Klippel-Feil syndrome can occur with other syndromes such as fetal alcohol syndrome, Goldenhar syndrome, and abnormalities of the arms or legs.Therefore, an ultrasound — using high-frequency sound waves to create an image like those taken during pregnancy of the developing baby — also may be conducted on your child’s organs to detect any anomalies.Additional tests that may be needed include cardiac evaluation and hearing tests.
This is often true for spinal deformities such as scoliosis or neck instability.
For example, your child may see: During follow-up visits, X-rays and other diagnostic testing may be done.
The goal of continued monitoring is to help spot any irregularities in growth or development and to address health issues as they develop.
Klippel-Feil syndrome is a rare bone disorder distinguished by the abnormal fusion of two or more bones in the neck.
Children with the disorder may have a short, webbed neck, decreased range of motion in the head and neck area, and/or a low hairline at the back of the head.