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Achondroplasia is a genetic bone disorder and the most common type of dwarfism. • Affects one in 20,000 babies • Arms and legs are short in proportion to body length and head is often large • The
Overview Anencephaly is a condition present at birth that affects the formation of your baby's brain and the skull bones that surround her head. Anencephaly results in only minimal development of the
Overview Angelman syndrome is a complex genetic disorder that causes developmental and neurological problems, such as severe speech impairment and trouble walking and balancing (ataxia). affects about
A birth defect is a health problem or a physical abnormality that a baby has at birth. It can be very mild or severe. Some birth defects are life-threatening, in which case a baby may only live for a
If your child has been diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Remember that seeking out information is not only necessary but empowering—it allows you to partner with your
Glucose is a form of sugar that comes from carbohydrates found in foods, and is a main source of fuel for all of the cells of the body and, especially, the brain. While the body is quite good at
Over the past two decades or so, we've learned a lot about how the pituitary gland develops. Today, that ever-evolving knowledge helps us better serve our patients and their families. Laurie Cohen, MD
Overview Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, or LHON, causes a painless loss of central vision in people with the condition when they’re between 12 and 30 years old. It’s associated with a mutation
"Your child's care team may include physicians from several disciplines, all of whom have experience treating children with the various symptoms of Loeys-Dietz syndrome." – Joan M. Stoler, MD, Boston
Microcephaly: Alainah's story 16-month-old Alainah of Cape Cod has enrolled in a genetics study to find the cause of her small head size. In the meantime, early interventions are helping her achieve
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a rare disease of the blood, only occurring in four out of every 1 million children. This rare disease keeps the body from properly producing blood cells and
It can be hard to find accurate information about some neurocutaneous syndromes simply because they’re relatively rare.They affect from 1 in 3,000 (neurofibromatosis) children to 1 in close to 50,000
Whether there’s a family history of neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) or the diagnosis comes straight out of the blue, no parents are ever ready to learn that their child has a chronic and unpredictable
A pheochromocytoma is a tumor on the adrenal gland that secretes epinephrine and norepinephrine hormones. Epinephrine and norepinphrine are responsible for regulating heart rate and blood pressure,
Learning that your child may have schizophrenia is a life-changing moment for any parent. In the midst of what feels like an onslaught of confusion, fear and exhaustion, your first instinct may be to
Overview The term trisomy describes the presence of three chromosomes instead of the usual pair of chromosomes. For example, trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, occurs when a baby has three #21 chromosomes.
"I approach treatment as a long-term conversation between me, the patient and her parents about the best courses of action. Establishing some level of normalcy for families in situations that's aren't
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”