|Roberts Syndrome |
Roberts syndrome is a genetic birth disorder that causes abnormalities in the bones of the skull, face, arms and legs. The deformities in children are closely related to deformities that children will have if the mother took thalidomide during pregnancy.
One major symptom of Roberts syndrome includes abnormal development of the arm and leg bones that can vary in severity. Some patients with the disorder will have short arms and legs, while other patients will only have flipper-like arms and legs. Other common symptoms of the disorder include a small head, cleft lip, cleft palate, low set ears, mental retardation and other bone deformities.
A diagnosis can be made after birth during a physical examination. Surgery may be necessary to repair a cleft palate or cleft lip. Physical therapy, braces and walkers can help the child develop to the greatest potential.