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About Deafblindness

Causes and syndromes of deafblindness

The following is a list of some conditions, syndromes and diseases that can be the cause of deafblindness. There may also be other neurological, physical and/or medical conditions associated with these diagnoses. Further information about some of these can be found in the downloadable Fact Sheets.

A-Z list of causes

Aicardi Syndrome
Alport Syndrome
Alström Syndrome
Apert Syndrome

Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
Batten Disease

CHARGE Syndrome
Download CHARGE Syndrome Fact Sheet (Word docx, 754KB)
Cockayne Syndrome
Cogan’s Syndrome
Cohen Syndrome
Congenital Deafblindness
Download Congenital Deafblindness Fact Sheet (Word docx, 755KB)
Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)
Download CRS Fact Sheet (Word docx, 1010KB)
Download CRS Information Sheet (Word docx, 1705KB)
Congenital Syphilis
Congenital Toxoplasmosis
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS)
Download CdLS Fact Sheet (Word docx, 761KB)
Cri du Chat Syndrome
Download Cri du Chat Syndrome Fact Sheet (Word docx, 754KB)
Crouzon Syndrome
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Dandy-Walker Syndrome
Deafness-Dystonia-Optic Neuronopathy Syndrome
(Mohr-Tranebjaerg Syndrome)
Deletion Syndrome
Direct Trauma to the eye and ear
Donnai-Barrow Syndrome (FOAR)
Down Syndrome
Duane Syndrome

Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Flynn Aird Syndrome
Friedreich’s Ataxia

Goldenhar Syndrome

Hand-Schüller-Christian Disease
Hurler Syndrome
Hydrocephaly / Hydrocephalus

Infectious diseases

Kearns-Sayre Syndrome
Klippel Feil/Wildervanck Syndrome
Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome
Kniest dysplasia

Leigh’s Disease

Marfan Syndrome
Marshall Syndrome
Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome (MPS VI)
Maternal Drug Use
Moebius Syndrome
Monosomy 10p
Morquio Syndrome (MPS IV-B)

Neonatal Herpes Simplex (HSV)
Bilateral Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
Norrie disease
Download Norrie Disease Fact Sheet (Word docx, 754KB)

Optico-Cochleo-Dentate Degeneration

Pallister Killian Mosaic Syndrome
Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13)
Pfieffer Syndrome
Pierre-Robin Syndrome

Refsum Syndrome

Scheie Syndrome
Severe Head/Brain Injury
Smith-Lemli-Opitz (SLO) Syndrome or SLOS
Stickler Syndrome
Sturge-Weber Syndrome

Treacher Collins Syndrome
Turner Syndrome

Usher Syndrome Type I, II, III

Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome

Waardenburg Syndrome
Wolf-Hirschholm Syndrome
Wolfram Syndrome (DIDMOAD)

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