Möbius syndrome: Misoprostol as a teratogenic?

E. Moliner Calderón, P. Gómez González, L. Fernández Liarte, G. Ginovart Galiana, M. J. García Borau

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The Möbius syndrome (Moebius syndrome) is an infrequent congenital disorder characterized by facial and abducens nerve palsy as well as the external ocular motor palsy. It is associated with other craniofacial and orthopedic anomalies. Its etiology is still unclear, although in its appearance teratogenics agents such as misoprostol have been related. Misoprostol's etiopathogenic mechanism would be explained due to a secondary vascular disruption due to the vasoconstrictor effect of the medication, in the level of the area of the brain stem. Here we report a newborn with the Möbius syndrome whose mother had used misoprostol as an abortive during the first trimester of pregnancy. There has been a large number of Möbius syndrome associated with the use of misoprostol due to abortion attempt during the last years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-192
JournalActa Pediatrica Espanola
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Misoprostol
  • Möbius syndrome


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