Mobious Syndrome

By Pam Marshalla

Q: I have a relative who does not have any movement of her top lip. She cannot blow a horn and has difficult with straw sucking. Her 4-year-old son also was born with this lack of movement with his upper lip. What could this be?

It sounds like it could be Mobious Syndrome (Alternative spellings: Mobius, Moebius).

Mobious Syndrome has many characteristics, including partial facial and lip paralysis. Speech can be bad if the paralysis is wide spread in the facial and oral area. But the milder patients greatest problem is not being able to smile and use a straw. I would have her talk to her doctor about it. She probably will have to see a neurologist for the definitive diagnosis.

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