Meromelia

Meromelia is a birth defect characterized by the lacking of a part, but not all, of one or more limbs with the presence of a hand or foot. It results in a shrunken and deformed extremity. [1]

CauseEdit

Such defects are mainly the results of genetic disorders, but some teratogenic (or environmental) factors have been identified, such as the use of thalidomide from 1957 to 1962 for morning sickness (NVP).[1]

DiagnosisEdit

Meromelia a birth defect characterization by the lacking of a part, but all, of one or more limbs with the presence of a hand or foot.[citation needed]

TreatmentEdit

EtymologyEdit

Gk, meros ("part") + melia ("limb")

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sadler, T. W. Langman's Medical Embryology Eleventh Ed.. LWW, p. 140.