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Also known as: TIS.
The thorax is the portion of the body between the neck and abdomen that includes the spine, and ribs, sternum (breastbone), the chest wall (rib cage), and lungs. TIS is a rare congenital (before birth) complex condition that involves chest wall abnormalities which prevent normal lung growth or breathing.
Thoracic insufficiency syndrome commonly occurs with:
Common symptoms may include a narrow trunk and rib cage, scoliosis (curved spine), absence of ribs or rib fusion, breathing problems and other symptoms.
There may be options, however a common treatment is the surgical insertion of a device called a vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) that expands the chest and stabilizes the spine.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: December 19, 2019 11:41 AM
Please see Myelomeningocele for further information.
Spinal muscular atrophy is a rare degenerative disorder in which the nerve cells in the upper and lower parts of the spinal cord don’t function normally, resulting in muscle wasting and weakness.