Congenital contractural arachnodactyly
Other Names for this Disease
- Beals syndrome
- Arachnodactyly, contractural Beals type
- Contractures, multiple with arachnodactyly
- Ear anomalies-contractures-dysplasia of bone with kyphoscoliosis
- Beals-Hecht syndrome
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Physical therapy for joint contractures helps increase joint mobility and ameliorate the effects of muscle hypoplasia (usually in the calf muscles). In severe cases, surgical release may be necessary. Since the kyphosis/scoliosis tends to be progressive, bracing and/or surgical correction is often needed. Consultation with an orthopedist is encouraged. Other symptoms, if present, should be addressed as they arise and in the standard manner. Regular physician visits should be scheduled to monitor symptom progression and development.
Last updated: 2/9/2015
- Godfrey M. Congenital Contractural Arachnodactyly. GeneReviews. February 23, 2012; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1386/. Accessed 2/9/2015.
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