Getting a diagnosis of Moebius syndrome may feel like a complicated process. Many general physicians are not familiar with the syndrome because the condition is rare.
Moebius syndrome may require a co-diagnosis from neurology and ophthalmology, paired with a genetics consultation. If working towards a diagnosis for a child, be sure to see pediatric practitioners of these specialties.
In 2007, scientific researchers at the Moebius Syndrome Foundation Research Conference defined a diagnosis of Moebius syndrome as two-fold:
These two symptoms may be due to the underdevelopment or absence of the facial nerve (cranial nerve 7) and the abducens nerve (cranial nerve 6), respectively.
Learn more about Moebius syndrome, its various presentations, and how this definition is evolving.
Today, many individuals with Moebius syndrome will be diagnosed within a year or two of birth. However, adults may not have received a clear diagnosis in childhood. No matter how you are arriving at a Moebius diagnosis, know that the Moebius Syndrome Foundation is here to support you.