This week’s strange case in medicine is Moebius Syndrome. Moebius Syndrome is a very rare condition that is most commonly associated with facial paralysis. Those that suffer from Moebius Syndrome are unable to smile, frown, blink, move their eyes side to side, and have a hard time swallowing. Additionally, some also experience physical problems in other body parts.
I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to be unable to produce any sort of facial expression. Those with Moebius Syndrome can’t express joy, or sadness. They are unable to share any sort of emotion through their facial expressions.
Furthermore, this sort of condition must really test the parents of a child born with Moebius Syndrome. Because of the effects of the condition, caring for a person, especially a small child, with this type of condition can be extremely challenging. I’m sure the toll on some parents gets so hard they develop depression.
Unfortunately the exact cause of Moebius Syndrome is unknown. However, many symptoms of the condition are known, and some people with the condition have been able to have surgery or receive therapy to improve functions originally damaged by the condition. For example, in certain cases, there has been surgery to transfer nerves and muscles to the corners of the mouth to allow the person to have the ability to smile.
That is all until next week. Look out for the next strange case in medicine.
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