DEAR DOCTOR, I HAVE A 9 YEARS OLD DAUGTHER THAT FROM HE BORN DATE IS GROWING WITH THE LEFT BODY SIDE OF HER HARM AND LEG MORE RAPIDLY THAN THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE OTHER HARM AND LEG. .....THE IRREGULAR GROWING OF THE LEFT BODY SIDE OF HARM AND LEG IS ON A WIDE AND LONG BASIS. PLEASE ANSWER ME
Person's Gender: FATHER
Person's Age: 55
I'm happy that you have asked me to assist you with your child and hope that you can benefit from my many years of helping parents like you.
Has her doctor given her condition a name?
This is a rare condition called Hemihypertrophy and I'm surprised her doctor has not made this diagnosis in her 9 years.
SHE IS STUDYING AT THE LOCAL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IN CURACAO ISLAND, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, SHE IS FLUENT IN FIVE LANGUAGES AND IS VERY INTELLIGENT....
Great for her but she needs a definitive diagnosis and then appropriate evaluation by a number of specialists if she indeed has hemihypertrophy (orthopedists, geneticist, neurologist, etc.).
I UNDERSTAND BUT WHERE WE LIVE IS A SMALL ISLAND,....WITHOUT NO GOOD DOCTORS.......
Here is a website that is excellent and written for parents and patients with this condition. I would encourage you to review this and then ask for a referral to a specialist, even if she needs to go to another island or country to do so. As you can see from this website, there are many complications, some of them life-threatening, that need evaluation and management.
SHE HAS ALMOST 1,5 CMS. DIFFERENCE IN THE LENGHT OF THE LEFT BODY SIDE LEG AND HARM. SO FAR........ WAHT YOU SUGGEST AT THIS STAGE...?
She at least needs an ultrasound of her abdomen to look at organ growth as well as xrays of her arms and legs to accurately measure discrepancies.
Her doctor should be able to do this even if a geneticist is not available and then referral to an orthopedist and other local specialists perhaps there on your island.
I WOULD LIKE TO FLY TO THE USA TO SEE FOR A FIRST CLASS PHISICIAN....COULD YOU PLEASE RECCOMEND ME SOMEONE?
The main thing is that delaying any longer in making this diagnosis (or perhaps not!) could be very harmful to her.
I suggest that any major children's hospital can do this evaluation, such as in Florida or Texas. I am most familiar with the centers in Texas such as University of Texas at Galveston, Houston or Dallas as well as Baylor Medical Center an Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
SO, MAYBE THE MIAMI CHILDREM HOSPITAL CAN HELP....?
Yes, as that is likely the closest center to you.
YES, YOU KNOW SOME SPECIALIST THERE FOR THIS SPECIFIC CASE?
I would use their online contact form at this link to make contact:
Or the genetics department at this address who might best coordinate her evaluation:
Here is a link to the genetics page that mentions "dysmorphology", which is the general term for this condition:
OK, WELL NOTED........
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OK DOCTOR, THANKS A LOT AND I WILL LET YOU KNOW VERY SOON AFTER THE MIAMI'S VISIT.
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33 years of experience as a general pediatrician in private practice and in pediatric urgent care.