This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder||
Attention deficit disorder
Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder
Childhood attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder[ more ]
Mental retardation, nonspecific
Mental-retardation[ more ]
Squint eyes[ more ]
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormal choroid morphology||0000610|
|Abnormality of the retinal vasculature||
Abnormality of retina blood vessels
Abnormal deposits of calcium in the brain
|Cerebral cortical atrophy||
Decrease in size of the outer layer of the brain due to loss of brain cells
Small dilated blood vessels near membrane covering front of eye and eyelids
Swallowing difficulty[ more ]
Different colored eyes
Too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain
Increased size of skull
Large head circumference[ more ]
|Neurological speech impairment||
Speech impediment[ more ]
Blood clot in vein
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
No previous family history
Life expectancy varies for each individual affected by Sturge-Weber
If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
The main diagnostic concern is separating the child with an isolated facial port-wine birthmark from one with SWS brain and/or eye involvement. The diagnosis of megalencephaly-capillary malformation-polymicrogyria and Klippel-Trénaunay syndromes (see these terms) may also be raised.
Visit the Orphanet disease page for more information.
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Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
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I have a son who is 18 months old. He has Sturge-Weber and we are wondering what the percentage is that his birthmark will protrude from his face. What are the pros and cons of laser surgery? If we were to get the surgery, when would be the best time to get it done? See answer
What is the life expectancy of an adult with Sturge-Weber syndrome? See answer
How does Sturge-Weber syndrome affect adults? I'm a 43-year-old person who has this disorder and had my birthmark removed at age 4. See answer