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Sprengel deformity

Other Names for this Disease
  • Congenital upward displacement of the scapula
  • High scapula
  • Maladie de Sprengel familiale
  • Sprengel's shoulder
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How is Sprengel deformity treated?

Treatment of Sprengel deformity varies depending on severity. Less severe cases may be managed with physical therapy. Severe cases may benefit from surgery. The goal of physical therapy is to maintain range of motion and to strengthen weak shoulder muscles. The aim of surgery is to improve range of motion and cosmetic appearance. There are a few different surgical procedures described for treating Sprengel deformity. In general, surgery involves the release and relocation of the shoulder blade.[1]
Last updated: 5/9/2011

  1. MM Thacker, Feldman D. Sprengel Deformity. eMedicine. July 6, 2009; Accessed 8/25/2010.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • The Centers for Mendelian Genomics program is working to discover the causes of rare genetic disorders. For more information about applying to the research study, please visit their website.