Other Names for this Disease
- Encephalofacial angiomatosis
- Encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis
- Fourth phacomatosis
- Leptomeningeal angiomatosis
- Meningeal capillary angiomatosis
port-wine stain birthmark on their face, which is caused by blood vessel abnormalities. People with Sturge-Weber syndrome also develop blood vessel abnormalities in the brain called leptomeningeal angiomas. Other features of this syndrome include glaucoma, seizures, muscle weakness, paralysis, developmental delay, and intellectual disability. Sturge-Weber syndrome is caused by a mutation in the GNAQ gene. The gene mutation is not inherited, but occurs by chance in cells of the developing embryo.Sturge-Weber syndrome is a rare disorder that is present at birth. Affected individuals have a large
Last updated: 10/16/2013
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