Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tetra-Amelia Syndrome ... What is it ???

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.

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