Also known as: Skeletal Dysplasia
What is Skeletal Dysplasia?
Skeletal dysplasias are disorders of the bone and cartilage that may affect the skeleton of a growing fetus. Skeletal dysplasias occur in approximately 1 in every 4,000 births.
What causes skeletal dysplasia?
Causes of skeletal dysplasias may include genetic factors as well as gene mutations and fetal exposure to toxic or infectious elements.
Skeletal dysplasias are often identified during pregnancy. Families would be referred to the Department of Genetics at Nicklaus Children's Hospital for assessment and care.
Skeletal Dysplasia Treatment
The Department of Orthopedics at Nicklaus Children's is part of a multidisciplinary team that supports the care and management of children with skeletal dysplasias.
This page was last updated on: 2/8/2017 9:57:24 AM
From the Newsdesk
Dr. Monica Payares recommended that the Demps family consider orthopedic surgery to straighten Devon's legs in the pursuit to help him stand. For patients with limited movement like Devon, the ability to stand supports the body’s pulmonary function, makes bones stronger and improves quality of life.
We introduce you to our Patient of the Month, Andres. When he was in high school, Andres was a wrestler, competing at some of the highest levels in the state. Then, in his senior year, the unimaginable happened; Andres suffered injuries that made it impossible for him to continue wrestling.