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Submitted: 23 December 2019 | Approved: 27 December 2019 | Published: 30 December 2019

How to cite this article: Soltani AD, Tehranchi A, Safari S, Tehrani Z, Ghaffari S. Parry-Romberg syndrome: A case report of non-invasive treatment. J Oral Health Craniofac Sci. 2019; 4: 015-020.

DOI: 10.29328/journal.johcs.1001029

Copyright License: © 2019 Soltani AD, et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Keywords: Parry Romberg; Hemifacial Atrophy Syndrome; Conservative treatment; Case report

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Parry-Romberg syndrome: A case report of non-invasive treatment

Anahita Dehghani Soltani1, Azita Tehranchi2, Shiva Safari3, Zahra Tehrani3 and Samin Ghaffari4*

1Postgraduate Student of Orthodontics, Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Professor and Chairwomen, Department of Orthodontics, Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Orthodontist, Private Practice, Tehran, Iran
4Postgraduate Student of Orthodontics, Dentofacial Deformities Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

*Address for Correspondence: Samin Ghaffari, Postgraduate Student of Orthodontics, Dentofacial Deformities Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Tel: +989141077341; Email:

Parry-Romberg syndrome is an uncommon condition, self-limiting with slow progressive hemifacial atrophy. This syndrome can lead to several progressive congenital and developmental deformities. It can cause severe facial asymmetry and subsequently lead to esthetic and psychological problems and adversely affect patient’s quality of life, so its treatment holds great importance. Still, there is no exact treatment protocol for this disease, treatment approaches are bounded and patient’s response to the treatment is imponderable. However, most of the patients can benefit from conservative treatments. In this paper, we have reported a moderate case of Parry-Romberg syndrome, with no familial history of any syndromes. We also have discussed about present anomalies and the steps of exerted conservative treatments.

Parry-Romberg, first introduced by Parry in 1825 and named as a syndrome by Romberg in 1846, is a rare slowly progressive and self-limiting disease which leads to unilateral facial atrophy [1-4]. This syndrome is more prevalent in women and its etiology is relatively unknown [5,6]. Different etiologic factors have been proposed such as viral infections, genetics, trauma, peripheral and trigeminal neuritis, localized scleroderma and endocrine disorders, although, none have been substantiated [7-9]. Some researchers consider this syndrome as a spectrum of linear scleroderma [10]. In some cases, its signs can be detected at birth, in some others from 10 years old and in a few cases after 25 years old [6]. The earlier the signs of the disease start, the more severe the deformity, because of the high velocity of growth at these ages [11]. With age, the atrophy outspreads to the bottoms layers of muscles, bones and cartilage [12]. In 50 percent of the patients neurologic involvement can be seen such as neuropathic pain, epilepsy and intracerebral dysplasia [13].

This syndrome is diagnosed on the basis of clinical symptoms. In clinical examinations, small primary lesions can be seen above the eyebrows and in the frontal paramedian area, which becomes more atrophic during the progression of disease and separates the border of the healthy and atrophic tissues, called en coup de sabre [10,14,15]. Also, deforming facial asymmetry can be seen, effecting the oral functions due to involvement of masticatory muscles [11,16]. Sometimes, it accompanies with local vitiligo, hyperpigmentation or port wine stains. Also, ears can be deformed or smaller than normal [17,18]. Lower one third of the face including mandible and chin and also tip of nose are deviated to the affected side. Deviation of the lips causes increasing of tooth show on the affected side relative to the opposite side [11,19].

Intraoral findings includes hemi-atrophy of lips, tongue and soft palate on the affected side. Also, malformation and congenital missing of teeth, delayed eruption and underdevelopment or resorption of roots can be detected [20-22]. Alveolar ridge, body of mandible, ramus and gonial angle can be smaller and underdeveloped on the affected side, which leads to deviation of dental and skeletal midlines [23,24]. This syndrome can cause psychological effects, disrupting the patient’s daily functioning and negatively affecting patient’s appearance. So, the treatment of this disease requires multidisciplinary approach and specified treatment planning for each patient [10]. Most of the patients can benefit from conservative treatments. Treatments vary from prescribing local or systemic anti-inflammatory drugs to reconstructive and orthognathic surgeries [10,25]. In this paper, we have reported a moderate case of Parry-Romberg syndrome, with no familial history of any syndromes. We have discussed about present anomalies and the steps of exerted conservative treatments. Written informed consent has been taken from the patient to use her medical records and photographs for this report. This case report is compatible with the CARE criteria [26].

An 11-year-old Iranian girl was referred to orthodontic department of Shahid Beheshti dental school by her family dentist due to dental anomalies. Patient’s mother pointed that she has noticed facial asymmetry and deformity of the right side of her daughter’s face from 10 years old. Patient had no familial history of specific diseases or syndromes. Also, patient had no learning difficulties. In medical examinations, including cardiac evaluation via ECG, ENT consulting, assessment of internal organs via ultrasound imaging, autoimmune diseases and gene mutations by taking blood samples, no disorders were identified. In MRI imaging of brain without contrast in T1 and T2, abnormal signaling at the depth of periventricular white matter and multiple small hotspots of low signaling at the depth of white matter, thalamus and head of caudate were observed in the right side, which represent a possible previous infraction. Although, the patient stated no history of neuropathic pain, migraine or epilepsy.

In initial extraoral examination, facial asymmetry with mild depression of paranasal and frontal paramedian tissues at the right side, deviation of nose tip and chin point to the affected side and port wine stains on the right gonial area of mandible were observed. Ears, eyes, eyebrows and scalp were normal and masticatory muscles were not involved. Also, lips were inclined upwards to the right, causing asymmetry in patient’s smile and tooth show at rest and while smiling (Figure 1 a-d). In intraoral examination, 621 | 61 | MathType@MTEF@5@5@+=feaaguart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLnhiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr4rNCHbGeaGqk0Jf9crFfpeea0xh9v8qiW7rqqrFfpeea0xe9Lq=Jc9vqaqpepm0xbba9pwe9Q8fs0=yqaqpepae9pg0FirpepeKkFr0xfr=xfr=xb9adbaqaaeGaciGaaiaabeqaamaabaabaaGcbaaeaaaaaaaaa8qadaWcaaWdaeaapeGaaGOnaiaaikdacaaIXaGaaiiOaiaacYhaa8aabaWdbiaaiAdacaaIXaGaaiiOaiaacYhaaaaaaa@406D@ were hypoplastic and had smaller size in comparison to the opposite side. The lower right central incisor was severely hypoplastic. Maxillary arch was asymmetric within collapsed right side which caused right anterior and posterior crossbite. Tongue and gingival tissue were normal. There was a transverse cant in the maxillary occlusal plane to the right side and maxillary arch had yaw rotation to the right (Figure 1 e-h).

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Figure 1a-j: Patient at age 11, (a-d) extra-oral photographs, (e-h) intraoral photographs, (i) panoramic radiography, (j) lateral cephalometric radiography.

In the first phase of orthodontic treatment, Schwartz removable plate with expansion screw was prescribed to correct constriction of maxillary arch. With good patient cooperation, overcorrection of crossbite reached after 6 months and then plate was used as a retainer for 6 months. Before starting the second phase of orthodontic treatment at age 13, the patient was re-examined (Figure 2). In extraoral examination, nasolabial sulcus was deepened and the facial asymmetry and deviation of nose, chin and mouth were mildly intensified. In intraoral examination, the lower right central incisor was lost, as mentioned before due to severely short root. The upper right canine and second premolar teeth were impacted, which was also confirmed by CBCT (Figure 3). The upper right primary canine had no mobility. The upper right first premolar was starting to erupt. So, the present teeth were:  6 4 C 2 1 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 5 4 32| 1 2 3 4 5 6 MathType@MTEF@5@5@+=feaaguart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLnhiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr4rNCHbGeaGqk0Jf9crFfpeea0xh9v8qiW7rqqrFfpeea0xe9Lq=Jc9vqaqpepm0xbba9pwe9Q8fs0=yqaqpepae9pg0FirpepeKkFr0xfr=xfr=xb9adbaqaaeGaciGaaiaabeqaamaabaabaaGcbaaeaaaaaaaaa8qadaWcaaWdaeaapeGaaiiOaiaaiAdacaGGGcGaaGinaiaacckacaWGdbGaaiiOaiaaikdacaGGGcGaaGymaiaacckacaGG8bGaaiiOaiaaigdacaGGGcGaaGOmaiaacckacaaIZaGaaiiOaiaaisdacaGGGcGaaGynaiaacckacaaI2aaapaqaa8qacaaI3aGaaiiOaiaaiAdacaGGGcGaaGynaiaacckacaaI0aGaaiiOaiaaiodacaaIYaGaaiiFaiaacckacaaIXaGaaiiOaiaaikdacaGGGcGaaG4maiaacckacaaI0aGaaiiOaiaaiwdacaGGGcGaaGOnaaaaaaa@64A1@

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Figure 2a-k: Patient at age 13, (a-d) extra-oral photographs, (e-i) intraoral photographs, (j) panoramic radiography, (k) lateral cephalometric radiography.

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Figure 3a-f: CBCT radiographs at age 13, (a) buccal view, (b) palatal view, (c) anterior view, (d) sagittal view, (e) panoramic view of upper arch, (f) sections of impacted teeth with slice distance of 2 mms.

In order to obtain proper functional occlusion and better esthetics, fixed orthodontic treatment was started at age 13. Roth 0.022 inch slot brackets were bonded on all present teeth and leveling and aligning was conducted by light forces due to short roots (Figure 4). Midline of upper and lower arches were corrected and coordinated with facial midline. Due to grade 2 mobility of hypoplastic teeth and dilaceration of roots, optimal root paralleling was not obtained. Considering multiple factors, such as no mobility of upper right primary canine, extremely short root of upper right second premolar, impossibility of providing proper anchorage due to mobility of adjacent teeth and patient’s age, and also up on patient’s own decision, it was decided to do no intervention for the impacted teeth. The active orthodontic treatment time was 20 months. In comparison to the previous radiographs and photographs, the asymmetry was not significantly increased. After removal of orthodontic appliances, the patient was referred to cosmetic and restorative dentistry department for composite buildup of upper right anterior teeth and composite veneer of upper and lower right first premolars. Removable upper and lower Hawley plates were prescribed for retention. Eventually, patient’s satisfaction with the treatment was very high (Figure 5).

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Figure 4: Panoramic radiograph at age 14, during orthodontic treatment.

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Figure 5a-k: Patient at age 15, (a-c) extra-oral photographs, (d-h) intraoral photographs, (i) panoramic radiography, (j) lateral cephalometric radiography, (k) PA cephalometric radiography.

Parry Romberg syndrome can lead to several progressive congenital and developmental deformities [27]. It leads to unilateral atrophy of facial muscles, bones and skin but typically and mainly fat. It is more prevalent in female population and usually, the atrophy is restricted to the one side of the face. Also, the skin of the affected side can be dry and can have hyperpigmentation such as port wine stains [28], that all of them were observed in the presented case.

This syndrome can be classified according to its severity [10]:

Mild Parry Romberg syndrome: Atrophy of soft tissues at the trigeminal area of lower face without rotation of the occlusal plane.

Moderate Parry Romberg syndrome: Involvement of nostrils and lip commissures in addition to the trigeminal dermatome, no atrophy of skeleton and relatively horizontal occlusal plane.

Severe Parry Romberg: Rotation and transverse cant of occlusal plane, atrophy of maxilla, mandible and zygoma, deviation of chin and nose to the affected side.

In this case, considering the mild atrophy of skeleton, mild rotation and transverse cant of occlusal plane which was mostly due to small size of upper and lower right teeth and moderate facial asymmetry, it can be considered as a moderate Parry Romberg syndrome. Also after growth spurt, the asymmetry mildly increased but the rate of progression was very low. Mazzeo, et al. first reported this syndrome with root atrophy of maxillary and mandibular teeth and pulp stones in first permanent molars [16]. This patients had the mentioned manifestations and also other various manifestations reported in previous literatures [3,5,10,11,15,16,25,27]. On the affected side, teeth was hypoplastic and had normal morphology but with smaller size. Also some of the teeth had dilaceration of root. Also, enamel hypoplasia, pulp stones, short roots and delay in eruption was detected on the affected side.

It has been proven that, mesenchymal structures of head and neck, including facial dermis, muscles and skeleton, are originated from neural crests. Neural crests are created from distal neural tube and can be differentiated to various cells [29,30]. Also, neural crests are requisite for morphogenesis of teeth and formation of dentin, pulp, cementum and periodontal ligament [31]. So, the formation and function of neural crest cells can play a role as an etiologic factor for Parry Romberg syndrome [32]. As mentioned, this syndrome can cause severe facial deformity and subsequently lead to esthetic and psychological problems and adversely affect patient’s quality of life [33]. Also, it is self-restrictive and the symptoms usually stabilize 5 to 10 years after observing the first symptoms [34]. However, there is no exact treatment protocol for this disease, treatment approaches are bounded and patient’s response to the treatment is imponderable [35]. So, most of the patients benefit from symptomatic treatment to control neurologic signs such as neurologic pains or seizures, maxillofacial surgery after stabilization of facial deformity and immunosuppressive therapies by multidisciplinary attendance of neurologists, dentists and psychologists [36,37]. Cosmetic treatments, which is a major concern for most of the patients, can be exerted after growth spurt and cessation of disease’s evolution and includes augmentation of atrophic side, orthognathic surgery for correction of asymmetry, silicone injections and prostheses [38]. In this patient, considering the moderate severity of disease and incomplete growth, which predispose to further changes after growth spurt, we decided to treat patient with conservative approaches and make the final decision for orthognathic surgery after completion of growth. In the first phase at age 11, patient used removable Schwartz plate to expand constricted maxillary arch. Then in the second phase at age 13, comprehensive orthodontic treatment was started in order to obtain functional occlusion and better esthetics. Multiples factors caused to compromise the treatment of impacted teeth. Active orthodontic treatment lasted 20 months and after completion of treatment, composite buildups and composite veneers were applied for hypoplastic teeth and Hawley retainers were prescribed to maintain obtained results. At the end of treatment, patient and her parents were pleased with the results.

During orthodontic treatment, patient had no neurologic problems such as seizure, migraine or neurologic pains. According to previous blood tests, autoimmune disease had no role on this syndrome’s occurrence. So, the patient did not receive any immunosuppressive therapy. At the end of treatment, that patient was 15 years old, she was re-referred to oral and maxillofacial surgeon for consultation on cosmetic surgery. For correction of soft tissue asymmetry, autogenous fat graft was suggested. Autogenous fat graft, based on adipose tissue repositioning, is one of the safe and less invasive treatments for atrophy and asymmetry of mild to moderate Parry Romberg syndrome [39]. Other alternatives are cartilage grafts, inorganic implants, silicone injections and bovine collagen [28]. A retrospective observational study conducted by Amaral, et al. evaluated 14 treated patients and concluded that satisfactory results were obtained by different surgical approaches upon the severity of the deformity. Also they exhibited that the severity of deformity is not correlated with quality of life of affected patients [40]. The patient was currently reluctant to undergo surgery.

In summary, Parry Romberg syndrome is an uncommon condition, self-limiting with slow progressive hemifacial atrophy. Its exact etiology and pathophysiology are still unknown. This syndrome causes esthetic, functional and psychological issues, which require a well-planned, specific and multidisciplinary treatment. It this paper, we presented a case of Parry Romberg syndrome with classical features. We used a non-invasive approach with comprehensive orthodontic treatment and a final restorative treatment. We succeeded to reach good results with high satisfaction of the patient. The patient was recommended for autogenous fat graft for soft tissue asymmetry in the future. So, this case is a proper sample of patients, who can benefit from non-invasive treatments.

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