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Radial dysplasia – also known as radial longitudinal deficiency or radial club hand – is a condition in which:
The forearm (area between the wrist and the elbow) has two bones:
The hand and wrist have many bones, including:
Radial dysplasia occurs when bones of the arm do not grow normally when the baby is growing in the mother’s uterus.
The cause of this is unknown. It is often part of a syndrome (a group of symptoms) and/or might be a genetic condition (passed down in families).
The illustrations below portray the various types of radial dysplasia.
Treatment for radial dysplasia depends on the severity of the condition and often includes occupational or physical therapy. Therapy may include stretching, play and activities, splinting or even casting.
Treatment depends on the child’s overall health and whether surgery can improve the position, movement and function in the arm, wrist and hand.
What to expect after the surgery
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program team at Children’s Colorado provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child. This means you have access to leading specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child.
Your child’s care team includes pediatric experts from orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and nursing.