Symptoms of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
A child born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome will have a smaller-than-normal head, a cleft lip or cleft palate, a small chin, and a short upper lip. The mouth is downturned, and is said to be "fish-like." In addition, the child will exhibit poor muscle tone and is prone to seizures. Mental retardation is another symptom of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, and may be severe.
Other abnormalities that are present with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome include scoliosis, hearing difficulties, fused teeth, and a low hairline. The eyes are set very far apart, and the person may have a broad nose. The neck may be webbed, and the child may have kidney problems.
Some children born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome are able to learn to walk, and some are able to do so with assistance. Their development will be slow, and some of them can learn to control their bowel functions during the day.