Prenatal Identification of Pierre Robin Sequence: A Review of the Literature and Look towards the Future

Matthew G. Kaufman, Christopher I. Cassady, Charles H. Hyman, Wesley Lee, Mehernoor F. Watcha, Helena K. Hippard, Olutoyin A. Olutoye, David Y. Khechoyan, Laura A. Monson, Edward P. Buchanan

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Abstract

Fetal ultrasonography is an important tool used to prenatally diagnose many craniofacial conditions. Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) is a rare congenital deformation characterized by micrognathia, glossoptosis, and airway obstruction. PRS can present as a perinatal emergency when the retropositioned tongue obstructs the airway leading to respiratory compromise. More predictable and reliable diagnostic studies could help the treating medical team as well as families prepare for these early airway emergencies. The medical literature was reviewed for different techniques used to prenatally diagnose PRS radiologically. We have reviewed these techniques and suggested a possible diagnostic pathway to consistently identify patients with PRS prenatally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-89
Number of pages9
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • Pierre Robin sequence
  • Prenatal identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Embryology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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