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Why do some genetic syndromes that cause hypermobility include bow legs?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Hypermobility is often linked to an abnormality in the makeup of the collagen that is a significant part of the capsule/ligaments the contain a joint. The abnormal collagen often does not respond well to our routine surgicalattempts to tighten the native tissue. Likewise the ultrastructure of the bones in many genetic syndromes is also abnormal & unable to withstand the normal forces, thus bending.

Answered Dec 1, 2012



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