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Septo-Optic Dysplasia

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Septo-optic dysplasia in children is a rare condition characterized by abnormal development of the optic disk in the eye, pituitary deficiencies, and often an absence of the septum pellucidum. Cases of septo-optic dysplasia result from congenital malformations inside the brain. To learn more about treatment options for septo-optic dysplasia, please call Florida Center for Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at 407.896.2901 or request an appointment on our website.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of septo-optic dysplasia are widely varied, but may include the following:

  • Optic nerve hypoplasia
  • Midline brain abnormalities
  • Pituitary gland abnormalities

Causes

The cause of septo-optic dysplasia stems from a defect of normal embryo development during pregnancy. There is no single cause of this condition. There is some evidence that shows this condition occurs more frequently in younger mothers, with environmental factors playing a role in these circumstances.

Treatments

Treatment for septo-optic dysplasia usually involves a multidisciplinary approach to care. This may include input from your pediatric endocrinologist (hormone specialists), eye specialists and neurologists. The goal of treatment is generally to identify which hormones are absent or not being produced properly, and then to replace them with man-made versions.

Does My Child Have Septo-Optic Dysplasia?

If you think your child may have septo-optic dysplasia or to learn more about treatment options, please call Florida Center for Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at 407.896.2901 or request an appointment on our website.