Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is a rare type of craniosynostosis. It’s a condition which prevents the skull from growing normally due to premature fusion of certain skull bones.
In most cases those with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome have prematurely fused skull bones along the coronal suture which is the growth line that goes over the head from ear to ear. It’s possible that other parts of the skull could be malformed as well. Abnormally shaped head, eyes that are widely spaced, droopy eyelids, a broad nasal bridge, unusually shaped ears, poor facial asymmetry are all common characteristics of Saethre-Chotzen syndrome.
Breathing and eating problems are possible. Cognitive development can be affected but in most cases is not.