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Other Names for this Disease
- Poland anomaly
- Poland sequence
- Poland syndactyly
- Poland's syndrome
- Unilateral defect of pectoralis muscle and syndactyly of the hand
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Poland syndrome is characterized by an underdeveloped or absent chest muscle on one side of the body, absence of the breastbone portion (sternal) of the chest muscle, and webbing of the fingers of the hand on the same side. The cause of Poland syndrome is not known. This syndrome is nearly always sporadic. It tends to be right sided and is more common in boys than girls.
Last updated: 6/25/2011
- Learning About Poland Anomaly. National Human Genome Research Institute. June 28, 2010; http://www.genome.gov/14514230. Accessed 9/30/2010.
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- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Poland syndrome. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
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