Other Names for this Disease
- Congenital upward displacement of the scapula
- High scapula
- Maladie de Sprengel familiale
- Sprengel's shoulder
 There may also be anomalies of the bone and soft tissues in the shoulder girdle. The condition is caused by the failure of descent of the shoulder blades during fetal development. It is more common in girls. The condition is most commonly sporadic, although rare familial cases have been reported.Sprengel deformity is a condition where one or both shoulder blades are underdeveloped and abnormally high placed.
Last updated: 5/9/2011
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