Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Larsen syndrome

There are three children with different forms of dwarfism waiting for their families, listed with  Reece's Rainbow.

I've been in contact with a lady that has two children with dwarfism, one biological, and one adopted. This is her blog. To learn more about the daily life with dwarfism, I encourage you to follow her blog. There is a very large network for people with dwarfism, and their families.

Little Delilah has Larsen syndrome. This is her profile with Reece's Rainbow.

 Larsen syndrome is a disorder that affects the development of bones throughout the body. The signs and symptoms of Larsen syndrome vary widely even within the same family. Affected individuals are usually born with inward- and upward-turning feet (clubfeet) and dislocations of the hips, knees, and elbows. They generally have small extra bones in their wrists and ankles that are visible on X-ray images. The tips of their fingers, especially the thumbs, are typically blunt and square-shaped (spatulate).

People with Larsen syndrome may also have an unusually large range of joint movement (hypermobility) and short stature. They can also have abnormal curvature of the spine (kyphosis or scoliosis) that may compress the spinal cord and lead to weakness of the limbs.

Characteristic facial features include a prominent forehead (frontal bossing), flattening of the bridge of the nose and of the middle of the face (midface hypoplasia), and wide-set eyes (ocular hypertelorism). Some people with Larsen syndrome have an opening in the roof of the mouth (a cleft palate) or hearing loss caused by malformations in the tiny bones in the ears (ossicles). Some affected individuals experience respiratory problems as a result of weakness of the airways that can lead to partial closing, short pauses in breathing (apnea), and frequent respiratory infections. People with Larsen syndrome survive into adulthood and intelligence is unaffected.

Do you think Delilah is your daughter? Please contact Reece's Rainbow to know more about her. She deserves so much more than growing up in an institution.

And please remember little Artyom M. He needs his family too.

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