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Phocomelia: An Extremely Rare Congenital Disorder involving the Limbs (Dysmelia)

Sunita Pawar Shekokar, Tasneem Shah, C Chandana

Citation Information : Shekokar SP, Shah T, Chandana C. Phocomelia: An Extremely Rare Congenital Disorder involving the Limbs (Dysmelia). Int J Infertil Fetal Med 2011; 2 (3):118-120.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10016-1031

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).


Phocomelia—phoco(seal), melia(limbs)—is a rare congenital deformity in which hands or feet are attached close to the trunk, the limbs being grossly underdeveloped or absent. The babies are born with limbs that look like flippers on a seal. The two main etiological factors of phocomelia are genetic inheritance and use of the drug thalidomide. Here, we present a case of phocomelia in second gravida without exposure to thalidomide.

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