Waardenburg syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome is an autosomal dominant hereditary condition. It is characterized mainly by

  • lateral (outward) displacement of the inner corners of the eyes
  • pigmentary disturbances
    • white forelock in the hair
    • congenital heterochromia of the pupils
    • patches of lighter pigmentation of the skin
  • defective hearing

The linkage of the white forelock with hearing defects means that this feature should logically prompt a hearing evaluation for any baby born with such a forelock.

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