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Goldenhar disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Facioauriculovertebral sequence
  • FAv sequence
  • Goldenhar syndrome
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Is there any research or information on people with Goldenhar disease having mental illness or multiple personalities?

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Is Goldenhar disease associated with mental illness?

The signs and symptoms of Goldenhar disease are variable and can include problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys and central nervous system, in addition to the more common abnormalities of the eyes, ears and skeleton.[1]  The features of Goldenhar disease can overlap with various other conditions.[2]  After an extensive search of the resources available to us, we identified  one case report of a single patient diagnosed with Goldenhar disease who had schizophreniform disorder.[3]  Case reports document clinic findings associated with individual cases.  It is important to keep in mind that the clinical findings documented in these case reports are based on specific individuals and may differ from one affected person to another.  We did not identify any additional information regarding a link between Goldenhar disease and mental illness.
Last updated: 11/11/2010