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Arthrogryposis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 21, 2007
  • 01:36 PM

My son is 3 months old and was born with contractures in both arms, stiffness of the joints. Mainly, his elbows and wrist and some fingers. He was also born with a club foot. During the C section, his right humerus was fractured because of the stiffness. At birth, an orthopaedic surgeon called this arthrogryposis but said nothing more about it.

His chromosomes were fine, Spinal MRI clear/normal and skeletal survey normal. He has been having splinting to correct the shape of the joint and it has been working well. He also recieved physio of these various joints to keep them moving.

Basically, there has not been a complete diagnosis. To date he does not move his right arm, just some finger wriggling and very poor grip. His left are moves a little more from around the elbow, but poor grip again. There doesn't seem to be any other problems, very alert and developiong well, good feeding and regular nappies etc.

Has anyone else or their children had such conditions? Could this be Spinal Muscular atropy type I or II.

im really concerned about the lack of movement in his arms and I cant get enough attention to get a diagnosis.

Thanks

Worried father

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  • My son is 3 months old and was born with contractures in both arms, stiffness of the joints. Mainly, his elbows and wrist and some fingers. He was also born with a club foot. During the C section, his right humerus was fractured because of the stiffness. At birth, an orthopaedic surgeon called this arthrogryposis but said nothing more about it.His chromosomes were fine, Spinal MRI clear/normal and skeletal survey normal. He has been having splinting to correct the shape of the joint and it has been working well. He also recieved physio of these various joints to keep them moving.Basically, there has not been a complete diagnosis. To date he does not move his right arm, just some finger wriggling and very poor grip. His left are moves a little more from around the elbow, but poor grip again. There doesn't seem to be any other problems, very alert and developiong well, good feeding and regular nappies etc.Has anyone else or their children had such conditions? Could this be Spinal Muscular atropy type I or II.im really concerned about the lack of movement in his arms and I cant get enough attention to get a diagnosis.ThanksWorried father Dear Worried, A lot of physical therapy and love... Our son is now 23 and getting ready to graduate from ASU. He was born with Arthrogryposis, cleft lip, club feet, and a host of other birth defects. The doctors said. Enviromental???? Google arthrogryposis and yes it is rare.Caused by lack of movement by the fetus in the womb.Our son walks with forearm crutches and drives a car. He plans to be a teacher. Have faith, and love that little one of yours.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 1, 2009
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  • My daughter is 9 months and diagnosed with arthrogryposis. She was born with a clubfoot and windblown hands, as well as with contractures in elbows and shoulders. She struggles to gain weight (she's only 5kg) and to reach some of her milestones (struggles to spent any time on her tummy). BUT she is the sweetest, most loving child and we are so blessed to have her in our family!! So please do not focus on the shortcomings of your son, try not to worry too much (easier said than done, I know) and enjoy every precious moment with him. Be amazed about all his improvements and show him how to be confident and live a happy life.
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  • I have AMC too. Mine affects my right bip (numerous surgeries from age three and four hip replacements as an adult) my left knee. Which does NOT bend to a 90 degree position left. And both clubbed feet. Most of my surgeries were done at the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital. They have hospitals all over the country and have specialists in Arthrogryposis. I just turned 65 in October. I am married, mom to one son, and have gour grandkids. Todays treatments are much less invasive. Good luck!
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    • November 12, 2014
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