Parry Romberg Syndrome

Parry-Romberg syndrome is a rare disorder. It causes wasting away (atrophy) of the tissue on one side of the face.


The atrophy may also affect the tongue, soft palate, and mucous membranes of the gums. Muscle and bones are rarely affected. The eye and cheek of the affected side may become sunken. In some cases, pain may occur. Facial hair may turn white and fall out. Some individuals with this disorder may have:

  • Migraine-like headaches.

  • Trigeminal neuralgia.

  • Seizures which originate from the opposite side of the body.


There is no treatment to stop the progression of this syndrome. Reconstructive or microvascular surgery may be needed. Muscle or bone grafts may also be helpful. Other treatment is symptomatic and supportive.