Cleft and Craniofacial Center
Hasbro Children's Hospital

Facial and Skull Deformities

Hemifacial Microsomia (HFM)

Hemifacial microsomia is a birth defect that affects the development of the lower half of the face, usually the mouth, the ears, and the lower jaw. In most cases, hemifacial microsomia occurs on one side of the face. If it’s severe, HFM may cause breathing problems due to obstruction of the windpipe. It is the second most common birth defect of the face, after cleft lip and cleft palate.

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