Congenital Abnormalities

What is a congenital abnormality?

A congenital abnormality or anomaly, also known as a birth defect, is a condition present at the time of birth. A congenital abnormality may affect the heart, nervous system, gastrointestinal system, or the limbs, an anomaly known as dysmelia. There are multiple varieties of conditions for each abnormality.

What types of congenital abnormalities does Dr. McClellan treat?

For the majority of cases, Dr. McClellan treats congenital abnormalities that affect the limbs. Here is a list of several of the conditions as well as a brief description of each condition.

  • Amelia – A condition in which the individual is lacking one or more limb; typically, the limb may actually be present although shrunken or deformed.
  • Ectrodactyly Commonly known as lobster claw syndrome or Karsch-Neugebauer syndrome, this condition is when the middle digit is missing and the hand is clefted.
  • Phocomelia A condition in which the bones are very short or missing all together; it is characterized by a flipper-like appearance of the hands and sometimes feet.
  • Polymelia This is a state in which the individual has more than the usual number of limbs; typically the extra limb(s) are shrunken or deformed.
  • Brachydactyly An inherited condition in which the fingers or toes are shorter than normal.
  • Polydactyly – A condition in which the individual has more than five fingers or toes on each hand or foot.
  • Syndactyly -A condition in which two or more digits are fused together. This condition may be simple, in which the affected fingers or toes are joined together by soft tissue, or complex, in which the bones are fused together. It may also be complete, where the skin is joined all the way to the tip of the finger or toe, or incomplete, where the skin is only joined part of the way to the tip.
  • Achondroplasia – Also known as dwarfism.
  • Hypoplasia – Underdevelopment of a tissue or organ.
  • Amniotic Band Syndrome – A condition in which the limbs are entrapped by the amniotic bands while the fetus is in utero.
  • Cleidocrnial Dysostosis – An inherited condition in which the individual may have a partial or missing collarbone, larger than normal soft spot on the head, underdeveloped bones or joints, lack of permanent teeth, or a bulging of the forehead.

How will Dr. McClellan treat my congenital abnormality?

Each type of congenital abnormality is as different as the individual that is affected by it. For this reason, coming in for a free consultation is the best method for you to find out how you may be treated.

Contact our office for more information.

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