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Recognising Poland Syndrome

Poland syndrome is a condition where there is a deficiency of subcutaneous fat and muscle on one side of the body. Symptoms may include chest muscle deformity, underdevelopment or absence of breast, nipple or ribs, patches of missing hair under arm, underdeveloped arm, hand and fingers, very short, webbed fingers and small elevated shoulder bone. Mild cases may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed but it is estimated to affect 1 in 30,000 people. It is more common in men than women and is more likely to affect the right side of the body. Diagnosis can be done by visual assessment of symptoms at birth in severe cases or through computerized tomography (CT) scan which locates the affected muscles. Poland syndrome is frequently associated with Moebius or Klippel-Feil syndromes. Treatment involves surgical reconstruction of affected parts of body.

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About: Recognising Poland Syndrome

Date: February 2005

Source: Rare Diseases

Author: Mary Kugler

URL: http://rarediseases.about.com/cs/polandsyndrome/a/041104.htm

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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and chest muscle deformity
  • Diagnosis and underdeveloped breast
  • Diagnosis and underdeveloped nipple
  • Diagnosis and underdeveloped of ribs
  • Diagnosis and absence of breast
  • Diagnosis and absence of nipple
  • Diagnosis and absence of ribs
  • Diagnosis and patches of missing hair under arm
  • Diagnosis and underdeveloped arm
  • Diagnosis and underdeveloped hand
  • Diagnosis and underdeveloped fingers
  • Diagnosis and very short fingers
  • Diagnosis and webbed fingers
  • Diagnosis and small elevated shoulder bone
  • Diagnosis and Poland syndrome
  • Diagnosis and Moebius syndrome
  • Diagnosis and Klippel-Feil syndrome

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