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July 1952

CONGENITAL ABSENCE OF THE TIBIA: Report of a Case in a Negro Infant

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics of Howard University School of Medicine and the Pediatric Service of Freedmen's Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(1):84-89. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050010100011

CONGENITAL absence of the tibia is a rare anomaly which is of interest to pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons. The cause is obscure. We wish to report this case in order to reemphasize the unsatisfactory and controversial status of the cause and management of the condition.

REPORT OF A CASE  R. F., a full-term Negro boy, was born at Freedmen's Hospital Oct. 24, 1950, weighing 2,723.5 gm. The delivery was normal and spontaneous, and the infant was in no distress at birth. Both parents were young and in good health. There was no history of trauma to the abdomen or exposure to x-rays during pregnancy, but the mother had experienced a moderate amount of vomiting and excessive fetal movements. Existence of similar deformities in other members of the family was denied. There were no siblings.Upon physical examination the infant was found to be normal except for the deformity of the

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