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March 26, 1927

A CURIOUS CONGENITAL ANOMALY OF THE SPINE

Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore.
From the Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children.

JAMA. 1927;88(13):1000-1001. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680390028010a

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Abstract

A boy, aged 5, presented a very unusual and marked disproportion between the length of the trunk and of the extremities. Study revealed that this disproportion was due to an overgrowth of the spine, the exact nature and cause of which we are not able to determine. The case does not fit any of the known categories of growth anomalies or derangements, and because of its unusual nature it was thought to be of sufficient interest to merit publication.

REPORT OF CASE  G. S., when admitted to the Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children in March, 1926, had a limp and an awkwardness of gait. These had been present since he was 18 months of age, at which time the left foot had been injured in a fall. This foot was favored for six months following the injury, after which it was noticed that the left lower extremity was shorter than the right.

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