CHARGE Syndrome

What is CHARGE Syndrome?

CHARGE is an acronym used to represent the major symptoms of this condition.

C–coloboma (an eye defect resulting in a keyhole shaped pupil and/or abnormalities in the retina or optic nerve).
H–heart disease
A–choanal atresia (blocking or narrowing of the breathing passages in the nose)
R–retarded growth or development,
G–genital and urinary abnormalities
E–ear abnormalities and/or hearing loss.

Frequently, children with CHARGE have other birth defects, including poor immune response, cleft palate, or behavioral problems. To be classified as having CHARGE, children must have two or more of the CHARGE defects.

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