Hungarian Radiology

[Chondrodysplasia punctata - retrospective diagnosis]

KOZLOWSKI K.1, BEIGHTON P.2, GODLONTON J.2

JUNE 20, 2002

Hungarian Radiology - 2002;76(03)

[A 10 year-old, mentally normal boy with flat face, skin abnormalities, contracture of Achilles and knee tendons, strabismus and unique bony abnormalities is reported. The characteristics of skin changes and pattern of bony abnormalities allowed the retrospective diagnosis of atypical form of chondrodysplasia punctata.]

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  1. Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney, Australia
  2. Department of Human Genetics, Cape Town, South Africa

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