Thanatophoric dysplasia

Common Name(s)

Thanatophoric dysplasia, Thanatophoric dysplasia type 1 (TD1), Thanatophoric dysplasia type 2 (TD2)

Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD) is a rare, severe skeletal condition. The condition is congenital meaning a baby is born with the condition. TD results from a change in the baby’s DNA or genes (genetic). A baby born with TD will have underdeveloped bones and lungs. This condition is typically diagnosed during pregnancy during an ultrasound exam. Further genetic tests of the baby can determine the genetic mutation.

Symptoms of TD may include very short limbs, extra folds of skin, large head and forehead, shortened ribs, and underdeveloped lungs. There are two types of this condition. Thanatophoric dysplasia type 1 (TD1) is the more common type. With TD1, the leg bones (femurs) are typically curved and the baby has a normal shaped skull. Thanatophoric dysplasia type 2 (TD2) is less common. With TD2, the baby has straight leg bones, but a cloverleaf-shaped skull. Sadly, babies with both types of this condition are stillborn or pass away a short time after birth. There have been reported cases where the baby has lived slightly longer with the help of medical intervention.

The cause of both types of TD is an error (mutation) in a gene located on chromosome 4. The gene, named fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3), is responsible for bone and brain tissue development. When altered, the gene cannot pass along the information to make bones of the right length. This condition arises by random chance (de novo), meaning that the parents do not have the error in their own gene. Therefore, the risk of the couple having another child with this condition is low.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for TD at this time. This is a very serious condition and parents often struggle with the emotional tolls of facing this diagnosis. Therefore, if your baby has been diagnosed with thanatophoric dysplasia, it is helpful to speak with a doctor, genetic counselor, or therapist to gain information about the condition and support.

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The terms "Thanatophoric dysplasia" returned 30 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Perinatal imaging findings and molecular genetic analysis of thanatophoric dysplasia type 1 in a fetus with a c.2419T>G (p.Ter807Gly) (X807G) mutation in FGFR3.
 

Author(s): Shin-Wen Chen, Chih-Ping Chen, Liang-Kai Wang, Schu-Rern Chern, Pei-Chen Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Chen-Ju Lin, Wen-Ling Chen, Wayseen Wang

Journal: Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Feb;56(1):87-92.

 

We present perinatal imaging findings and molecular genetic analysis of thanatophoric dysplasia type I (TD1) in a fetus.

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2017

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Genetically confirmed thanatophoric dysplasia with fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 mutation.
 

Author(s): Minsun Jung, Sung-Hye Park

Journal: Exp. Mol. Pathol.. 2017 Apr;102(2):290-295.

 

Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD), the most common lethal skeletal dysplasia, is a de novo genetic disease caused by a mutation in the fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) gene. "Thanatophoric" means "dead bearing" in Greek. Because FGFR3 is the main modulator of bone maturation, ...

Last Updated: 2 Mar 2017

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A case of thanatophoric dysplasia type 2: a novel mutation.
 

Author(s): Selvi Gülaşı, Aytuğ Atıcı, Yalçın Çelik

Journal: J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. 2015 Mar;7(1):73-6.

 

Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD) is a lethal form of skeletal dysplasia with short-limb dwarfism. Two types distinguished with their radiological characteristics have been defined clinically. The femur is curved in type 1, while it is straight in type 2. TD is known to be due to a mutation ...

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2015

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The terms "Thanatophoric dysplasia" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Antenatal sonographic diagnosis of thanatophoric dysplasia: a report of three cases and a review of the literature with special emphasis on the differential diagnosis.
 

Author(s): R L Schild, G H Hunt, J Moore, H Davies, D H Horwell

Journal: Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 1996 Jul;8(1):62-7.

 

A series of three cases is reported in which the diagnosis of thanatophoric dysplasia was reached at routine mid-trimester scanning in a District General Hospital. All three patients underwent termination of pregnancy with the diagnosis of thanatophoric dysplasia confirmed by postmortem ...

Last Updated: 26 Dec 1996

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