Metatropic dysplasia

What causes metatropic dysplasia?

Metatropic dysplasia is a genetic disorder caused by mutations in the TRPV4 gene. Studies suggest that the TRPV4 gene codes for a protein that plays a role in a number of different functions in the body including the development of the bones and cartilage.

Last updated on 05-01-20

What is metatropic dysplasia?

Metatropic dysplasia is a skeletal disorder characterized by short stature, shortened arms and legs, and a long narrow chest. The signs and symptoms of this condition can vary from life threatening to mild. Signs and symptoms may include worsening abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis and kyphosis), flattening of the bones of the spine (platyspondyly), and restriction of certain joints in the body. Some individuals are additionally born with an elongated tailbone known as a coccygeal tail. Metatropic dysplasia is caused by mutations in the TRPV4 gene and is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Although there is no specific treatment or cure, there can be ways to manage the symptoms. A team of doctors is often needed to figure out the treatment options based on each person’s symptoms.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might metatropic dysplasia be treated?

Treatment of this condition focuses on managing the skeletal concerns and maintaining the functioning of the lungs. Treatment may include the use of braces, physical therapy, and surgical correction of skeletal abnormalities.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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