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Dysmelia (from the Greek dys (δυσ-), "bad" + mélos (μέλος), "limb" + English suffix -ia) is a congenital disorder of a limb resulting from a disturbance in embryonic development.[1]


Syndactyly of the second and third toes

Dysmelia can refer to[citation needed]

Bilateral polydactyly with short fingers in Ellis-van Creveld syndrome patient

Occurrence rate[edit]

Birth defects involving limbs occur in 1 per 1000.[citation needed]


Dysmelia can be caused by[citation needed]

Syndromes with dysmelia[edit]


  1. ^ (2006) Dysmelia (Limb Deficiency/Reduction). pp 312-322. In: Atlas of Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling. Humana Press.

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