Congenital Limb Differences
Also known as: congenital limb abnormalities, congenital limb deformities, upper and lower limb reduction defects
What are congenital limb differences?
Any kind of problem with how an arm or leg develops in the fetus can be classified as a congenital limb defect. In some cases, the limb has mild abnormalities, while in other cases it fails to develop at all.
What causes congenital limb difference?
A combination of genetic defects, environmental factors like chemicals or tobacco, smoke, or medications may all play a role in the formation of a congenital difference.
What are the symptoms of congenital limb difference?
Symptoms of congenital limb differences can vary widely based on the nature of the condition. They can range from minor problems to very severe disabilities that can interfere with hand function or the ability to walk.
What are congenital limb difference care options?
Treatments such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, braces, splints, surgery, and prosthetic/orthotic fitting can help children with congenital limb differences live the most fulfilling life possible.
Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD
This page was last updated on: December 18, 2020 05:02 PM
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