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Tell me how someone gets phocomelia.?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Disruption of buds

Phocomelia occurs when the limb buds(arms & legs) are interrupted in fetal development & one or more do not form.In some countries, thalidomide was used for nausea in pregnancy.
If taken between week 4 and 7 (when the limb buds come out) up to 30% of exposed infants were affected. This experience led to the largest us study of meds in pregnancy with > 50, 000 studied & changes in the view of meds.

In brief: Disruption of buds

Phocomelia occurs when the limb buds(arms & legs) are interrupted in fetal development & one or more do not form.In some countries, thalidomide was used for nausea in pregnancy.
If taken between week 4 and 7 (when the limb buds come out) up to 30% of exposed infants were affected. This experience led to the largest us study of meds in pregnancy with > 50, 000 studied & changes in the view of meds.
Dr. James Ferguson
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