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Sturge-Weber syndrome is a rare condition that is present at birth and affects the nervous system. The child will have a birthmark, usually on the face, called a port-wine stain.
When Sturge-Weber syndrome affects the brain, seizures may develop during infancy that can interfere with normal development. Abnormal growth of blood vessels in one or both eyes often leads to increased pressure inside the eye and glaucoma. Other symptoms may include muscle weakness and developmental delays.
Treatment may include medicines to reduce seizures, a laser to remove port-wine stain birthmarks, and physical therapy if muscle weakness develops. If the child has glaucoma, eye drops or surgery may be needed.
Current as of: October 30, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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