Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
Other Names for this Disease
- Congenital multiple arthrogryposis
- Fibrous ankylosis of multiple joints
- Congenital arthromyodysplasia
- Myodystrophia fetalis deformans
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muscle atrophy. AMC is not a specific diagnosis, but rather a physical symptom that can be associated with many different medical conditions. It is suspected that AMC is related to decreased fetal movement during development which can have a variety of different causes, including environmental factors (i.e. maternal illness, limited space), single gene changes (autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, X-linked), chromosomal abnormalities and various syndromes. Treatment varies based on the signs and symptoms found in each person, but may include physical therapy, removable splints, exercise, and/or surgery.Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) refers to the development of multiple joint contractures affecting two or more areas of the body prior to birth. A contracture occurs when a joint becomes permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position, which can impact the function and range of motion of the joint and may lead to
Last updated: 1/12/2015
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- AVENUES: A National Support Group for Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita has an online pamphlet regarding Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Please click on the link to access this resource.
- The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine provides information about arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Click on the link to view this information.
- Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc offers an information page on Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Please click on the link to access this resource.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
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- The Merck Manual for health care professionals provides information on Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita.
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