• Clinical picture

Congenital limb defect

What exactly is dysmelia?

Congenital limb defects (dysmelia) are understood to mean various deformities of the hands, arms or legs that are already manifested before birth. Depending on the severity, they can lead to cosmetic and functional impairments of the limbs. The extent of dysmelia is not always limited to a single limb or limb section. There are also combined deformities that spread simultaneously over several sections. In addition, dysmelia may also occur on both sides.

In the case of transverse limb deformities, which are mainly observed in the upper extremities, either the affected extremity did not grow at all or it was corded off in the womb. In the clinical picture, transverse dysmelias are similar to amputation and are therefore treated with prostheses and/or everyday aids.

In contrast, the treatment of longitudinal limb deformities, which mainly affect the lower extremities (e.g. fibular defect, PFFD or tibial aplasia), is significantly more varied. Orthoprosthesesare preferably used here.

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If you have dysmelia on your legs, we will provide you with an orthoprosthesis.


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Everyday aid

Everyday aids help you to carry out specific activities such as eating, writing, doing sports or making music.

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Arm prosthesis

If you have dysmelia on your arm or hand, we will provide you with a prosthesis.

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Dysmelias on the lower extremities

Fibular defect

If the calf bone is completely or partially missing.

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Tibial defect

If the shin bone is completely or partially missing.

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Proximal femoral focal deficiency – malformation of the femoral bone

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FFU syndrome

Femoral fibula-ulna syndrome – a very rare congenital disease

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Transverse dysmelia

Here, parts of the extremities are not present or are corded off.

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Tibial pseudoarthrosis

A rare growth and development disorder.

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Dysmelia on the upper extremities

Hand and arm deformities
Dysmelias on the upper extremities require an individual concept for therapy and assistive devices. ...
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Dysmelia on all four extremities

Julia handles her disability with confidence.

We have treated Julia using orthopedic equipment every month of her life since she was 9 months old. In addition to prostheses, she has also received several custom-made products, such as her saddle or her riding gear.

The para-dressage rider is a great example for many people with disabilities. She shows how you can achieve your goals despite physical limitations, and achieve the seemingly impossible.