What Is Vater Syndrome?

Vater syndrome is characterized by the sporadic association of specific birth defects or abnormalities. Not all children born with this association have the exact same level of abnormality.

V.A.T.E.R./ V.A.C.T.E.R.L. are the acronyms used to describe the types of physical problem(s) a child may have. It's an association characterized by the sporadic association of specific birth defects or abnormalities. Not all children born with this association have the exact same level of abnormality. Some may be mild, while others will be severe. The survival rate is very much dependent on how severe the defects are. Only a doctor can give that information.

V - Vertebrae problems, For example, abnormally formed vertebrae, and extra ribs.

A - Anal Anomalies and sometimes rectum problems. For example, there is no opening where the anus should be



C - Cardiac problems. For example, there may be a hole in the heart or a defective valve

T - Trachea problems. For example, there is a connection between the trachea and esophagus.

E - Esophagus problems. For example, part of the esophagus is missing.

R - Radius (lower arm bone) and/or Renal (kidney) problems for example, the larger lower arm bone is abnormally formed, or a thumb is missing or abnormally formed kidney.

L - Limb (arms, hands, legs or feet) problem(s). For example, some are born with extra fingers or shortened limbs

The incidence of V.A.T.E.R./ V.A.C.T.E.R.L associated abnormalities is very rare. What causes this association is still somewhat unclear, but they have found some connection to a genetic abnormality caused by a mutated gene. The prognosis is very dependent on the severity of the defects and to what extent. Most of the abnormalities are surgically corrected. Majority of the children born with this association will be hospitalized for the first few years of life until they are stable enough to go home. Even though these children are developmentally delayed physically, some of them are still able to function at a mental level that is close to their age group. With surgery and support, these children can grow up to lead a normal life.

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