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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 2
First page : ( 217) Last page : ( 222)
Print ISSN : 2347-8640. Online ISSN : 2454-2660.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2660.2016.00043.0

Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Spectrum (OAVS): An Overview

Mr. George Rinu J1,*, Mrs. Sam Shiny T.2

1Department of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Public Health and Medical Science, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

2Lecturer, MGM Muthoot College of Nursing, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

*Corresponding Author Email: rinugeorge57@yahoo.com

Online published on 1 October, 2016.


Oculoauriculovertebral spectrum (OAVS) is a sporadic condition with an incidence of 3.8: 100000 newborns. The syndrome is characterized by a variable degree of underdevelopment of organs originating from the first and the second branchial arches: The major organs involved are eye, ear and spine. Associated abnormalities include vertebral, cardiac, urinary etc. even though no confirmed causes are been found yet, multifactorial reasons have been stated. Main observable signs include microtia, anotia, colomboma etc. Prenatal diagnosis with ultrasonography along with many tests after the birth like computer tomography, hearing tests, visions tests are now been used The coordinated efforts of a team of specialists who may need to work together to ensure a comprehensive, systematic approach to treatment.



(OAVS) Oculoauriculovertebral spectrum, (HFM) Hemifacial microsomia, TMJ (Temporomandibular joint).


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