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Loeys-Dietz

Loeys-Dietz

Loeys-Dietz

Loeys-Dietz is a genetic connective tissue disorder, often presented in children, marked by aneurysms in the aorta. This condition is treated through surgery, which repairs the aortic aneurysms. Even though this disorder has an autosomal pattern of being inherited, 75 percent of cases occur in people with no prior history of this disorder in their families. Its features are similar to Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Orthopaedic complications include instability in the vertebrae directly below the skull. Some children with Loeys-Dietz syndrome may require surgery to prevent slippage of the bones around their spinal cord. Other skeletal problems include loose joints, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and chest wall deformities (depression or protrusion of the breast bone).

   
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