The pediatric literature contains only scanty references to a fairly common deformity of the lower extremity usually referred to as congenital absence of the fibula. Lapasset and Cahuzac1 in 1935 found 295 cases reported in the literature. At present, over 300 cases have been recorded; however, most of these reports have appeared in the orthopedic literature.
Herron and Sanford2 have called attention to the fact that the condition has not received sufficient recognition from the pediatric point of view. Certain physical signs characteristic of the anomaly make its recognition in a newborn child fairly easy. It is incumbent on the pediatrician who first observes the infant after birth to diagnose the condition and to make the appropriate recommendations for its subsequent treatment.
REPORT OF A CASE
C. G., a Negro girl, was born prematurely, weighing at birth 3 pounds 5 ounces (1,500 Gm.). Delivery was spontaneous, and the
SCOTT RB. CONGENITAL ABSENCE OF THE FIBULA: ITS OCCURRENCE IN A PREMATURE NEGRO INFANT. Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(5):1037–1043. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000110125012
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