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Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a hereditary, connective tissue disease that causes joints to become immobile due to production of bone across the joint. In 87% of cases, people are misdiagnosed, commonly with cancer, which lead to invasive, unnecessary procedures such as tissue biopsies and incorrect treatment. FOP can be diagnosed clinically from childhood as it causes big toe malformation and bone growths on the skull, neck, back, and shoulders, however many physicians are not aware of this rare disease and fail to diagnose it. Researchers recommend improved access to training for physicians to heighten their awareness of many rare diseases which are commonly misdiagnosed to avoid patient anxiety and painful procedures.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by EurekAlert
About: Misdiagnosis common for joint disease
Date: 7 November 2005
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