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Skeletal dysplasia program

Skeletal dysplasia program

Specialty programs at the Portland Shriners Hospital allow patients to receive an incredibly focused form of comprehensive care. Skeletal dysplasia is one of many conditions treated with an interdisciplinary approach with its own designated specialty clinic.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland conducts a program specifically for patients experiencing any form of skeletal dysplasia. Skeletal dysplasia is an overarching term that captures any condition that affects the growth of bone or cartilage in children. Under the umbrella of skeletal dysplasia, there is a wide variety of conditions with different levels of severity that accompany them.

Examples of skeletal dysplasia conditions treated:

  • Achondroplasia
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)
  • Epiphyseal and metaphyseal dysplasias
  • Cleidocranial dysplasia
  • Osteomalacia (rickets)
  • Other bone abnormalities with short stature

This inter-disciplinary program allows specialists in various disciplines to assess the nuances of each case and collaborate to identify the problem. This collaboration ultimately results in the most well-rounded, thorough and comprehensive care for each patient.

Specialists available at the skeletal dysplasia clinic:

  • Pediatric orthopaedists
  • Clinical geneticists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Metabolic bone specialists
  • Child life specialists

With a team of 13 pediatric orthopaedic surgeons on staff, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is uniquely equipped to provide specialized care for patients throughout the Pacific Northwest who are experiencing any form of skeletal dysplasia.