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Skeletal Dysplasia

Skeletal dysplasia is one of a large contingent of genetic diseases in which the bony skeleton is abnormally formed during development. Achondroplastic dwarfism is one example of skeletal dyplasia, and is a genetic disorder of bone growth causing disproportionately short limbs. While dwarfism is inherited as a dominant trait, the majority of cases are due to new genetic mutations. The diagnosis of dwarfing and skeletal dysplasia can be based on typical physical features and the hallmarks are evident at birth.

Treatment for Dwarfing and Skeletal Dysplasia
Proactive treatment for children with dwarfing and skeletal dysplasia allow children to lead normal lives, with proper medical care focused on alleviation of symptoms and prevention of further complications. At Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC), this care will include knowledgeable treatment from an expert pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, and periodic orthopaedic neurologic examination. OIC's multi-specialty team of physicians and therapists support patients' medical needs through routine medical care and theropy.

Orthopaedic procedures may be performed for lengthening of the limb bones and correction of bowed legs (usually after full growth has been achieved).

Surgery (lumbar laminectomy) is also indicated when spinal stenosis (narrowing) causes symptoms, which tends to be evident in young adults.


Our Team
At Orthopaedic Institute for Children, a team will see your child in the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic. This team includes the pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, nurse practitioner, nuruologist, pediatrician and physical therapist. Our goal at OIC is to help your child function at the highest level possible.