Thanatophoric dysplasia has two genetic types, but it can often be diagnosed while a baby is developing in the womb visually using just an ultrasound. That’s because thanatophoric dwarfism is one of the most common lethal skeletal dysplasias. Babies with this type of dysplasia have a severe growth deficiency, and they will need a ventilator to help them breathe once they’re born. At Nemours, our skeletal dysplasia experts work with palliative care specialists to focus on the comfort of seriously ill children. We create medical care plans and offer guidance for the whole family.
Coordinated, Compassionate Care for Thanatophoric Dysplasia
Services We Offer for Thanatophoric Dysplasia
Nemours offers a full range of care for newborns with thanatophoric dysplasia. Services vary by specialist and location, but may include:
- fetal diagnostic testing in our perinatology and fetal medicine centers to help us diagnose and make a treatment plan for when your baby’s born
- gastroenterology helps with nutrition support
- genetic testing to assist with diagnosis and family planning
- neonatal care for coordinated, critical care immediately after birth
- pain management to help with symptoms or palliative care
- psychology and social work to help families emotionally cope with the condition
- pulmonology for newborns who will need ventilator assistance
Why Choose Us for Thanatophoric Dysplasia Care and Support
Nemours Children’s Health System has been recognized for delivering advanced pediatric orthopedic care since 1940. Families from all over the world travel to see our skeletal dysplasia experts. Our doctors have the experience to support families, while they care for even the most severe types of skeletal dysplasia, like thanatophoric dysplasia. Our pediatric teams work together to create a personalized care plan that addresses the needs of your child and family, delivered with compassion.
Regional Thanatophoric Dysplasia Highlights
Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer compassionate care for newborns with thanatophoric dysplasia at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.
Our Palliative and Supportive Care Program located at duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware provides compassionate care for families and children coping with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.