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what is dysplasia?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 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 46 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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What is spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 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 29-year-old member asked:

Is spondylometaphyseal dysplasia a curable disease?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
No: But much can be done with problem joints.
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Symptoms of epiphyseal dysplasia?

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Dr. Stephen Katz
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Mild pain: Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia is an inherited disorder, that affects the joints of the long bones in the arms and legs. There are 2 types based on inheritance (either recessive or dominant) symptoms are usually mild, and include joint pain, early arthritis, a waddling gait. Some a have other deformities like scoliosis, malformations of the hands and or feet.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is spondylometaphyseal dysplasia curable?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Not usually: Not curable. Deformities of spine and long bones occurs. Some shortening and dwarfism.No cure for this congenital dysplasia.Spondylometaphyseal dysplasia is a genetic disorder with features similar to those of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, including a short trunk, short-limbed dwarfism, near-sightedness, cleft palate, pectus (chest wall) deformities, and lumbar lordosis (swayback).
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What is skeletal dysplasia?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 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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