Tetra-Amelia Syndrome (TAS) is a very rare disorder characterized by the absence of all the four limbs.
‘Tetra’ is a Greek word for ‘Four’
‘Amelia’ refers to the failure of development of an arm/leg before birth.
TAS can also cause severe malformations of other parts of the body including the head & face, heart, nervous system, skeleton, and genitalia.
The lungs are underdeveloped in many cases which makes breathing difficult or impossible.
Most of the children with Tetra-Amelia Syndrome (TAS), having such serious medical problems, are stillborn or die shortly after birth.