progressive hemifacial atrophy


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progressive hemifacial atrophy

A rare disorder usually affecting females, in which cheek tissues on one side of the face gradually waste or deteriorate. There is no treatment. The disease is often associated with local hair loss and may be accompanied by seizures or trigeminal neuralgia. The progression usually lasts between 2 and 10 years but then enters a stable phase, at which time cosmetic surgery may be possible.
Synonym: Parry-Romberg syndrome
See also: atrophy
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