The term multiple epiphyseal dysplasia or Fairbank's disease is used for defining a rare genetic disorder. It has an impact on the growth of the bones, which tend to elongate and the process of ossification starts. MED results in pain in the legs in children along with signs of fatigue, joint pain, fat feet and signs of ossification in the hips and the knees.
HOW IS MULTIPLE EPIPHYSEAL DYSPLASIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the condition is based on the identification of the characteristic symptoms. A general physician may check medical history and conduct a thorough clinical evaluation. X rays help with the diagnosis and so does molecular genetic testing.
HOW IS MULTIPLE EPIPHYSEAL DYSPLASIA TREATED?
Orthopedician may be consulted for symptoms relating to bone structure treatment. Surgery may be required to treat malformations of the hip. Sport activities that involve overloading of joints should be avoided. Obese individuals need to reduce weight to prevent worsening of joint pain
DID YOU KNOW?
Multiple Epiphyseal Dysplasia was first described by Seven Ribbing and Harold Arthur Thomas Fairbank in the 1930s