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What is spondyloepiphyseal dysplasias (SED) and what are its features?

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Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasias (SED) is a less common form of dwarfism. It affects about 1 in 95,000 babies. Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia refers to a group of conditions characterized by a shortened trunk, which may not be obvious until a child is between ages 5 and 10. Other features can include:

  • club feet
  • cleft palate
  • osteoarthritis in the hips
  • weak hands and feet
  • barrel-chested appearance

From: Dwarfism WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Texas Woman's University: "Dwarfism." Little People of America: "Frequently Asked Questions." Nemours Foundation: "Dwarfism." March of Dimes: "Quick References: Fact Sheets: Achondroplasia." The University of Delaware: "Dwarfism."




Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

SOURCES: Texas Woman's University: "Dwarfism." Little People of America: "Frequently Asked Questions." Nemours Foundation: "Dwarfism." March of Dimes: "Quick References: Fact Sheets: Achondroplasia." The University of Delaware: "Dwarfism."




Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

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