Other Names for this Disease
- Bernard-Horner Syndrome
- Oculosympathetic Palsy
Your QuestionMy son was recently diagnosed with Horner syndrome. Is it possible that he got this after having his neck and back aligned by a chiropractor? Also as a parent is there anything I should be concerned about? Do you recommend any restrictions to his playing high school sports?
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- Certain eye drops and medications
- Infarction in the brainstem
- Infarction in the hypothalamus
- A tumor in the brainstem or in the hypothalamus
- A multiple sclerosis plaque
- Infection of the middle ear
- A parasellar tumor located in the middle cranial fossa
To learn more about what might have caused your son's condition we recommend that you speak with your son's healthcare provider.
We recommend that you speak with your son's healthcare provider about the possible cause of his condition and whether or not his activities should be limited. Without knowing the underlying cause it is difficult to know how to anticipate any further complications. Unfortunately it can be very challenging to determine the cause and in many cases the cause remains unknown. A careful neurological exam may be necessary to find the cause by determining which, if any, other parts of the nervous system are affected. Tests may include:
- MRI of the head
- Carotid ultrasound
- Chest x-ray
- CT scan of the chest
- Blood tests
- Eye drop tests
Knowing the underlying cause may help guide treatment and help your son's doctors determine if there is any concern for additional or future complications.
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- Horner's syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2003; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Horner%27s%20Syndrome. Accessed 3/27/2009.
- Rolf Salvesen. Horner Syndrome. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003;
- Parmar MS. Horner Syndrome. eMedicine. June 5, 2008; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/279394-overview. Accessed 3/27/2009.