ERIC Number: ED458748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Manifestations, Treatment Implications and Speech-Language Consideration in Gorlin Syndrome: A Case Study.
Andrews, Alice E.; Stonestreet, Ruth H.
This paper presents a case study of Gorlin Syndrome, also known as Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by widespread developmental defects. Criteria for diagnosis are listed, noting the presence of frequent basal cell carcinomas at a relatively young age and multiple cysts of the jaw. Speech and/or language impairments may result from malocclusion, possible cleft palate, and frequent surgeries. The case study is of a 19-year-old female college student who already had 10 surgeries for malignant jaw cysts. Results of hearing, speech, and language tests found normal hearing, expressive and receptive language skills within normal limits, and articulation within normal limits. However, the Dworkin-Culatta Oral Mechanism Examination found numerous abnormalities and weaknesses. Recommendations for speech therapy services to strengthen musculature on one side were made. Decreased muscle flaccidity were noted following the intervention. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children (80th, Kansas City, MO, April 18-21, 2001).