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CHARGE Syndrome

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CHARGE syndrome is a pattern of differences seen at birth.  CHARGE stands for Coloboma, Heart defects, choanal Atresia, Retarded growth and development, Genital abnormalities, and Ear anomalies. 

The effects of CHARGE syndrome are different for each person, and most often, there is no family history of CHARGE. At birth, some babies diagnosed with CHARGE have life-threatening issues. Most children will have hearing loss, vision loss, and balance problems.  Individuals often have multiple physical, sensory, and behavioral differences. 

About 1 in every 9-10,000 babies is born with CHARGE syndrome.

Learn more about the physical features and/or symptoms of CHARGE.


This information was last updated in December, 2015.