Skeletal dysplasias and syndromes

Keith A. Kronemer, Thomas E. Herman

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The approach to the skeletal dysplasias and syndromes taken here is based primarily on radiographic findings, with the addition of pertinent clinical data, including inheritance patterns. Owing to a rapidly expanding knowledge of the human genome, a chromosomal map classification of skeletal dysplasias and syndromes is increasingly valuable. However, because some osteochondrodysplasias do not yet have a confirmed genetic locus, a workable chromosomal classification of these conditions does not exist. Achondroplasia group The achondroplasia group can also be called the FGFR 3 disorders. These are conditions including achondroplasia with mutations in the FGFR 3 (fibroblast growth factor receptor 3) gene located at genetic locus 4p16. Thanatophoric dysplasia Affected children are usually stillborn or die shortly after birth owing to hypoplastic lungs. The fetus or infant has marked short-limbed dwarfism, a large head with frontal bossing, and a depressed nasal bridge. Numerous skinfolds are present. The child has a relatively long trunk. Radiographic findings include marked rhizomelic shortening of the long bones with metaphyseal flaring and osseous bowing and widening. Pronounced flattening of the vertebral bodies, with more constriction of their mid-portions and wide intervertebral disc spaces, is evident, giving the appearance of an inverted U or H to each vertebra on frontal radiographs. The thorax is slender, owing to short ribs with flared anterior ends. Small, rectangular iliac bones, small sacroiliac notches and short, wide pubic and ischial bones are seen (Figure 10.1). The phalanges are short, relatively broad, and cupped. The base of the skull is short, and the foramen magnum is small.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssentials of Pediatric Radiology
Subtitle of host publicationA Multimodality Approach
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9780511777516
ISBN (Print)9780521515214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


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