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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is dysplasia?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Meaning varies: This word, a favorite of dr. Papanicolaou who discovered the pap smear test, means abnormal growth. Most often, it means cells that look abnormal, as if they may give rise to a cancer but have not done so yet. If used in reference to a birth defect, it's a malformation often of bone, kidney, or an artery.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Bad + formation: The term is derived from the greek roots dys= bad & plassein =to form.It has been applied to situations where body parts didn't develop properly during pregnancy or after birth. Bony dysplasia= bones formed wrong. It is also applied to situations where the bad formation occurs later= tumors where a normal tissue converts to a new "bad"pattern of growth.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
SED is a term…: …describing a group of disorders involving abnormal growth (dysplasia) of the spine (spondylo) & of the growing ends of bones (epiphyseal). It results in disproportionately short trunk & many other abnormalities. The following website covers the topic very thoroughly: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1260836-overview.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is skeletal dysplasia?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Abnormal bones: Skeletal dysplasias represent abnormal structure and development of bones. Some are genetic in their development. Dysplasia is classified according to part of bone affected, epiphysis, metaphysis, or diaphysis Bone deformities can develop and often dwarfism is result of bone dysplasia.

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