Stickler syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects collagen, the connective tissue of the body. Collagen is a main component of the cornea, the clear, round dome covering the eye's iris and pupil, and the sclera (the white part of the eye).
People with Stickler syndrome can experience a range of problems, including eye disorders, hearing impairment and joint abnormalities. The range and severity of the problems varies from person to person.
Who is at risk for Stickler syndrome?
Some people inherit Stickler syndrome from a parent. A parent with Stickler syndrome has a 50 percent chance of passing the disorder along to a child. However, other people have no family members who have Stickler syndrome. In those cases, a new change in their genes caused the syndrome.
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