Skeletal dysplasia, also referred to as dwarfism, is the common medical term for a broad category of genetic disorders that affect normal growth of bones and joints. Abnormally formed bones in the head, spine, arms and legs are the main indicators of skeletal dysplasia. To date, there are more than 300 types of skeletal dysplasia, but the disorder only occurs approximately in one out of every 4,000 births.
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Skeletal dysplasia is caused by genetic mutations or defective genes inherited from a parent.
Skeletal dysplasia is often first diagnosed at birth, but many symptoms do not display until early childhood. Some common symptoms include:
To confirm a diagnosis of skeletal dysplasia, physicians will utilize several methods:
Our team of affiliated specialists reviews each individual case of skeletal dysplasia before determining the appropriate treatment plan. Several treatments are available to address any ongoing orthopedic or medical problems as a result of skeletal dysplasia.
Therapeutic treatments include:
Surgical treatment varies, depending on the type of skeletal dysplasia. Surgical treatment options may include one or more of the following:
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Houston, TX 77030
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