Disease at a Glance

Summary
Phocomelia is a rare birth defect that can affect the upper and/or lower limbs. In people with this condition, the bones of the affected limb are either missing or underdeveloped. The limb is, therefore, extremely shortened and in severe cases, the hand or foot may be attached directly to the trunk. The involvement of the condition ranges from a single limb to both upper and lower limbs. In many cases, the underlying cause of Phocomelia is poorly understood. It can be inherited as part of a genetic syndrome. Phocomelia can also be caused by maternal exposure to certain drugs (such as thalidomide) during pregnancy.
Estimated Number of People with this Disease
In the U.S., this disease is estimated to be fewer than

5,000

What Information Does GARD Have For This Disease?

Many rare diseases have limited information. Currently GARD is able to provide the following information for this disease:

*Data may be currently unavailable to GARD at this time.
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When do symptoms of this disease begin?
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Symptoms

These symptoms may be different from person to person. Some people may have more symptoms than others and symptoms can range from mild to severe. This list does not include every symptom.
This disease might cause these symptoms:

16 Symptoms

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Causes

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Last Updated: Nov. 8, 2021