Hernias in the Abdomen Hemangiomas in the Face usually located in the midfacial area Presently, there are no special tests that can help diagnose arthrogryposis. To determine the presence of the condition would require a patient to take various tests. This is done to rule out other possible factors. This is usually not related to genetics therefore, it cannot passed on to future offspring. There is a rare form of the disease that is autosomal by nature and can be inherited.
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Hernias in the Abdomen Hemangiomas in the Face usually located in the midfacial area Presently, there are no special tests that can help diagnose arthrogryposis. To determine the presence of the condition would require a patient to take various tests. This is done to rule out other possible factors.
This is usually not related to genetics therefore, it cannot passed on to future offspring. There is a rare form of the disease that is autosomal by nature and can be inherited.
Arthrogryposis Causes Most physicians and scientists agree that the cause of Arthrogryposis is not known. They have a few theories regarding the condition. Fetal hyperthermia is a plausible cause.
This involves an increase in temperature of the fetus. This may be due to a prenatal infection that causes fever in the host or mother. Prenatal viruses have also been considered. Many forms of infectious agents are being studied to determine etiological significance with regard to arthrogryposis. Vascular compromise of the fetus is a popular theory.
The decrease in blood flow may be credited to impingement and other factors. This may cause delayed development to the muscles and tissues of the unborn child. Developmental inconsistencies of both muscle and tissue is another probable factor. This may be linked to genetics or due to extrinsic factors. The tendons and the joint linings may be abnormally shaped.
This could possibly lead to this condition. Decreased levels of amniotic fluid has also been considered as a plausible theory. This would mean a lack of nutrients and hydration for the child. Uterine septum is a condition in which the uterus is shaped abnormally. There is usually a longitudinal septum. The outward appearance may appear normal in shape. This is a congenital malformation that affects a few percent of women.
Malformation of the CNS Central Nervous System and the spinal cord is a theory that is linked to genetics and exposure to foreign contaminants. Anything that prevents the movement of joints may cause extra tissue to develop around the area. That is a highly probably causative factor. This is common in babies that are born prematurely and require arm or leg straps to prevent them from tinkering with their oxygen tubes. Akinesia or a decrease in fetal mobility may also be a cause of AMC. Arthrogryposis Treatment This is a condition that cannot be reversed.
Patients usually undergo physical therapy to help them cope with the demands of life. Every patient will respond differently to treatment. This is due to the fact that arthrogryposis comes in a variety of forms. This is why therapists have developed many types of exercises to help patients with their specific areas of concern. The therapists who help them deal with their condition are occupational therapists and physicals therapists. For emotional problems, they can seek the help of psychiatrists.
Stretching Exercises These are performed to help ease out the tension in the muscle group involved. Other procedures like casting and the use of splints on the affected part are used in this process. Strengthening Exercises These are done to help the muscle tissue bear greater loads. It is very important in those who have lower extremity arthrogryposis. Orthopedic Surgery This can be performed in those who do not respond well to therapy and those with far complicated malformations. The patient with a hip dislocation or contracture, those with clubfoots or hernias may benefit from this approach.
They surgeon will opt for an osteotomy or the Ilizarov external fixator for the procedure. It should be noted that in some cases, not even surgery can fix the problem. Arthrogryposis Prognosis Parents of children who show faint symptoms of AMC should seek the advice of a pediatrician or their family physician immediately.
Stimulate movement in the area by engaging your child in activities that promotes movement of the specific site. Although it is a severe condition, patients who have Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita can be taught to perform almost like regular individuals. They may be unable to do a few tasks that require complex gestures or movement of the affected area.
Despite that, they should be able to live a full and useful existence. With the help of physical therapy and perhaps surgical procedures in major cases, they will be equipped to handle the challenges of the real world with but a few minor complications. They are expected to handle living an independent life that is both rewarding and productive.
Since most of them have normal speech and cognitive abilities, they will not have a hard time adjusting to society. Anthrogryposis Pictures.
I have/Someone I know has AMC
Arthrogryposis ar-throw-grih-POE-sis is when children have stiffness and loss of motion in more than one joint. Babies are born with arthrogryposis, and it is usually permanent. But medical experts can help kids get the best range of motion their stiff joints will allow. The joint stiffness that happens with arthrogryposis is called contracture kun-TRAK-cher. Some contractures are mild. Others can be severe.
Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita AMC is a term used to describe over conditions that cause multiple curved joints in areas of the body at birth. It varies from person to person with the commonality being stiff joints and muscle weakness. AMC is not a specific diagnosis but rather a clinical finding of permanent shortening of joints also referred to as non-progressive congenital contractures. AMC is non-progressive meaning that the lack of movement, does not get worse as time goes by however, it is recommended that people affected seek advice to potentially prevent further impediments of the joints. Occasionally AMC can also affect the central nervous system of which the survival rate can be low. Causes of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita AMC Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita AMC is not a result of a problem in the formation of the joints, but rather with the development of the connective tissues around them that occurs after weeks of pregnancy.