What is Skeletal Dysplasia?

Skeletal Dysplasia not only affects your child, but it will also change your whole family. Having the latest knowledge will be the best weapon you can have.

Skeletal Dysplasia is a rare abnormality that causes short stature. It affects the bone and cartilage in a way that will not allow them to fully mature. Commonly referred to as dwarfism, it can affect both male and female embryos. Other abnormalities can also further develop from this condition.

What causes skeletal dysplasia?

Skeletal Dysplasia is a genetic disorder that can affect both girls and boys alike. Caused by a defect in the chromosomes, it can affect anyone. Experts have not been able to pinpoint exactly how it happens, but studies have shown that family history of the problem heightens the chances of your unborn child carrying the disease. There are many genes that can be the origin of Skeletal Dysplasia . Pinning it down to just one is impossible.

Dealing with skeletal dysplasia

The first step in dealing with skeletal dysplasia is to seek confirmation from doctors that your child is diagnosed with the condition. Babies can be diagnosed before they are born, so that appropriate measures can be taken for treatment. Not all cases have caused shortness of stature, skeletal dysplasia causes many other things that may be more noticeable. There are over 200 different disorders that skeletal dysplasia can exhibit. Naming all of them is hard, but there are some that can be easily recognized after the baby is born.

  1. Short arms and Legs
  2. Large head or a cloverleaf skull
  3. Abnormal fingers and toes
  4. Chest abnormalities or narrow thorax

Early treatment advantages

Once the diagnosis is made, you can start planning for a treatment regimen.  This is especially helpful in the cause where shortness is a concern. Growth therapy treatments have helped many children reach their goal height without any problems. Not only does this help the children to avoid other potential health problems from being shorter, it also help them with their self esteem. They will not have to deal with being so much different than the other kids in their classes.

The best treatment against any birth defect is early diagnosis. The sooner you know there is a problem, the sooner you can look for a treatment. Always discuss all the options that are available to you with your doctor. Do your research about the birth defect your child has, so you know what to expect. Being ready for all possibilities will help you and your child succeed to make his or her life better.