Skeletal Dysplasia Services at St. Louis Children Hospital provides care for conditions that affect your child’s bone and cartilage growth. Although each syndrome itself is rare, there are more than 200 known skeletal dysplasia syndromes altogether.

Our program provides diagnosis and care for all of these rare, inherited bones disorders, including achondroplasia and osteogenesis imperfecta (or, brittle bone disease).

We treat patients with skeletal dysplasia from childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood.

Signs of skeletal dysplasia include:

  • Short stature or slow growth

  • Skeletal abnormalities and skeletal deformities, including disproportionately short limbs or missing limbs, and extra fingers or toes

  • Skeletal birth defects, including cleft palate

  • Abnormal bone density

Why Choose Skeletal Dysplasia Services?

Because of the syndrome’s complicated medical concerns, children with skeletal dysplasia require ongoing, coordinated management by specialists in the field. Our team includes geneticists, orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons — all of whom are experts at treating the variety of symptoms and manifestations of skeletal dysplasia.

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