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Skeletal Dysplasia


Internationally Recognized Care for Skeletal Dysplasia


Nemours is world-renowned for the diagnosis and treatment of all types of skeletal dysplasia — even the rarest forms. We work as a team to maximize children’s function, correct limb differences, manage medical issues and prevent future complications. All skeletal dysplasias (SDs) are genetic conditions. With advances in genetic and prenatal testing, some children can be diagnosed with skeletal dysplasia while they are still developing in the womb. Once a diagnosis is made, we can began to follow your child with care that includes prenatal consults, an advanced delivery program or care as soon as your child is born. Our expert team of complex care pediatricians and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are here to answer your questions and provide the latest treatment options.

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Services We Offer for Skeletal Dysplasia

Services We Offer for Skeletal Dysplasia


Children with skeletal dysplasias have multiple medical and social needs, many of which are unique to their condition. Nemours offers a full range of care for newborns, kids and teens with skeletal dysplasia. Services vary by specialist and location, but may include:

Why Choose Us for Skeletal Dysplasia Diagnosis and Care

Why Choose Us for Skeletal Dysplasia Diagnosis and Care


Nemours is one of the foremost health systems in the world for skeletal dysplasia and dwarfism diagnosis and treatment — offering comprehensive medical and surgical expertise spanning multiple fields.

Our skeletal dysplasia, experts have the experience and training to diagnose and manage even the rarest types of skeletal dysplasia. With more than 400 types of skeletal dysplasia, Dr. Michael Bober and Dr. Ricki Carroll offer families answers, management plans and the opportunity to participates in ongoing clinical research. 

Our team of complex care pediatricians, pediatric orthopedists, genetic counselors, nurse practitioners, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, neurosurgeons and others all we work together to create a personalized treatment plan.

Treatment is led by our world-renowned pediatric orthopedic experts, including Dr. William Mackenzie. Since skeletal dysplasia can evolve and change with time, Nemours has established one of the world’s top pediatric imaging programs to track and measure changes to children’s bodies.  

Our care navigators coordinate appointments since most kids need appointments with different specialists, and some may need multiple surgeries. We also help kids with skeletal dysplasia achieve the highest possible function and quality of life through access to Nemours experts and support services, including:

  • clinical trials research opportunities
  • support services and community resources
Regional Skeletal Dysplasia Highlights

Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

USNWR Best Children's Hospital for Orthopedics

We offer complete care for children with skeletal dysplasia at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.

duPont Hospital for Children is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric orthopedics and surgery by U.S. News and World Report .

We offer complete care for children with skeletal dysplasia at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

We offer complete care for children with skeletal dysplasia at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville and our hospital affiliates, Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Mayo Clinic in Florida, with outpatient and follow-up appointments available at select Nemours locations.

Nemours orthopedic specialists provide the care and orthopedic surgery and hold dual physician leadership roles at Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s orthopedics team, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 best children’s hospitals in the nation for orthopedics.

We offer care for children with skeletal dysplasia at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate, West Florida Healthcare, with outpatient and follow-up appointments also available at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

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Patient Stories


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Skeletal Dysplasia Definitions

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Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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