Pediatric Skeletal Dysplasias and Abnormalities

Pediatric Skeletal Dysplasias and Abnormalities

Pediatric Skeletal Dysplasias and Abnormalities

Pediatric skeletal dysplasias and abnormalities affect the way a fetus’ (unborn child) bones and joints develop.

What is Pediatric Skeletal Dysplasias and Abnormalities?

Pediatric skeletal dysplasias and abnormalities affect a fetus’ bones and joints. In some cases, the bones may be abnormally shaped, or too long or too short compared to the rest of the body.

What are the different types of Pediatric Skeletal Dysplasias and Abnormalities?

There are over 400 different types of pediatric skeletal dysplasias and abnormalities. The condition usually affects the bones in the head, spine, arms and legs.

The most common types of problems include:

Abnormally shaped ribs

Abnormally thick or thin bones

Achondroplasias (dwarfism)

Bone fracture

Bowed legs

Extra digits (fingers and toes)

Missing arm, leg, fingers or toes

One leg or arm shorter than the other

Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease)

Shortened femur (thigh) bone

Shortened humerus (upper arm) bone

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Skeletal Dysplasias and Abnormalities?

Symptoms of pediatric skeletal dysplasias may include:

What are the causes of Pediatric Skeletal Dysplasias and Abnormalities?

Pediatric skeletal dysplasia’s and abnormalities are most often caused by a genetic disorder. They may also occur due to exposure to toxic substances during pregnancy.