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Understanding skeletal related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The skeletal system is made up of all of the bones and joints of the body. This includes 270 bones at birth, which reduces to 206 once an individual reaches adulthood as some bones fuse together during this period.
The skeletal system has many crucial functions including the protection of crucial body organs, body movement, storing minerals and fats and forming blood cells.
Symptoms affecting the skeletal system may be seen with the naked eye. Diagnosing a skeletal related symptom may involve different tests and assessments, both subjective and objective.
Symptoms relating to the skeleton may affect the ability of an individual to function and move normally.
What is a Deformed rib cage?
This refers to any deformed, malformed or uneven rib cage. This can be caused by trauma to the rib cage, a congenital or birth defect, or some other cause.
It essentially refers to a rib cage that is not symmetrical, and the two sides are uneven. This can cause issues with breathing, and posture, depending on the extent of the deformity.
In some cases, an uneven rib cage may be resolved with specific breathing techniques, and/or exercises. In other instances surgery may be necessary to correct it, depending on the extent of the deformity, and the impact it has on the life of an individual.
What should I do next?
In some instances, a deformed rib cage may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
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