Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva is a very rare disease that affects the connective tissue. The disease is caused by a mutation of the body’s repair mechanism. Symptoms are:
• Children with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva have deformed big toes or missing joints
• Formation of tumor like lumps
• Loss of mobility of joints
• Inability to fully open the mouth
• Extra bone formation around the ribs
HOW IS FIBRODYSPLASIA OSSIFICANS PROGRESSIVA DIAGNOSED?
The condition is a rare genetic disorder that presents at the time of birth in the form of exceptionally deformed toes. The child with FOP will start developing bones at the neck, shoulders, arms, chest and then feet. The outbreaks of the bones can be visibly prominent. Clinically, the condition is measured by checking elevated levels of alkaline phosphatase and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase.
HOW IS FIBRODYSPLASIA OSSIFICANS PROGRESSIVA TREATED?
There is no actual cure or treatment for this problem. Your general physician may suggest removal of the external bone growth via surgery and provide some anaesthesia for relieving localised pain but apart from this, one doesn't have much solutions for tackling the issue.
DID YOU KNOW?
As per 2008 records, about 700 cases of FOP have been diagnosed worldwide making it one of the rarest conditions with incidence of 0.61 cases per million people.