Arachnodactyly

Below you will find more information about Arachnodactyly from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Arachnodactyly it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Arachnodactyly and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Arachnodactyly comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

This disease is also known as "spider fingers" or archromachia. It is referred to as "spider fingers" due to the fact that the fingers are slim and long comparing it to the palm like a spider's legs. This disease can occur after birth or later in life. This disease can happen without any medical conditions but sometimes it is related with some medical condition for instance Marfan Syndrome. Other term for this disease is Dolichostenomelia.

Causes

3 common causes: 1. Marfan's Syndrome - is a connective tissue disorder which affects the cardiovascular, skeletal system,skin and eyes. 2. Homocystinuria - a hereditary ailment that is caused by enzyme deficiency. 3. Spondylocostal dysostosis - is an uncommon condition distinguished with a short build because of a short trunk and several morphological deformities of the ribs and vertebrea because of axial skeleton malsegmentation.

Risk Factors

It affects men and women and happens among all races and ethnic groups. Because it is hereditary it is most likely that their offspring will acquire it too.

Prevention

There is no known cure for this disease at the moment. People who are affected by this disease choose not to have children because their children might acquire the disease. But still if you want to have children even if you have the disease better consult a medical geneticist or genetic counselor that can give you helpful advices on how to go about it. If you think that your child had acquired the disease better consult a physician immediately, early detection can help your child live a productive and active life.

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