Dermatologic Manifestations of Waardenburg Syndrome Treatment & Management

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Lyubomir A Dourmishev, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medical Care

No effective treatment is available for persons with Waardenburg syndrome. Early diagnosis and improvement of the hearing defect are important for the psychological development of children with this disease and help to reduce the sense of isolation.

Lack of resources in some societies may add to the physical and psychological obstacles faced by persons with Waardenburg syndrome. Tolerance and understanding of persons with Waardenburg syndrome help support their integration into society.


Surgical Care

No effective surgical care is available except cochlear implantation in children with Waardenburg syndrome, which can improve the speech perception ability. [25]



Consultations with a geneticist are important since Waardenburg syndrome type I is an autosomal dominant disease and some affected persons have relatives with the same disease. However, even if prenatal test determines the presence of gene pathology, it still cannot predict the severity of its clinical expression.