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DA: 37

Developmental anomaly information

Definition: Arthrogryposis, or arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), comprises nonprogressive conditions characterized by multiple joint contractures found throughout the body at birth. The term is currently used in connection with a very heterogeneous group of disorders that all include the common feature of multiple congenital joint contractures The major cause of arthrogryposis is fetal akinesia. During early embryogenesis, joint development is almost always normal. Motion is essential for the normal development of joints and their contiguous structures; lack of fetal movement causes extra connective tissue to develop around the joint. This results in fixation of the joint, limiting movement and further aggravating the joint contracture. Contractures secondary to fetal akinesia are more severe in patients in whom the diagnosis is made early in pregnancy and in those who experience akinesia for longer periods of time during gestation.


  • Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
  • Articular contraction of the limbs, fetal

Developmental anomaly parent: Akinesia, fetal

Topology: Human body > Limbs

System: Human body > musculoskeletal system. > Joints

Developmental anomaly category: Deformity ( mechanical factor) sequence

Case records MDB55, MDB193, MDB230, MDB238, MDB337, MDB392, MDB401, MDB406, MDB450, MDB461, MDB110, MDB479, MDB485, MDB511, MDB520, MDB522, MDB543, MDB257, MDB329, MDB409

Humpath: 1266

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Observed in combinaisons (MDB)
Observed in malformative diseases (MDB)
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Associated developmental anomalies

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Last modified: 2009-01-07 17:22:55 by farideh

Created: 2008-02-22 01:00:00 by phsaw

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