Robin sequence

The diagnosis Robin sequence is made in case of:

  • A hypoplasia of the mandible
  • Glossoptosis
  • Breathing difficulties, particularly when sleeping on the back


Usually, there is also a cleft palate present. 

A distinction is made between isolated and syndromic Robin sequence, depending on the absence of presence of other congenital anomalies.

An example of a syndromic Robin sequence is Treacher Collins syndrome


The breathing disorders in non-syndromic Robin sequence can often be overcome by having the baby sleep on the side or in supine position (combined with a saturation device for monitoring). For syndromic disorders, this should always be attempted, but additional measure may be required.