Brain and bone abnormalities of thanatophoric dwarfism

Elka Miller*, Susan Blaser, Patrick Shannon, Elysa Widjaja

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to present the imaging findings of skeletal and brain abnormalities in thanatophoric dwarfism, a lethal form of dysplastic dwarfism. CONCLUSION. The bony abnormalities associated with thanatophoric dwarfism include marked shortening of the tubular bones and ribs. Abnormal temporal lobe development is a common associated feature and can be visualized as early as the second trimester. It is important to assess the brains of fetuses with suspected thanatophoric dwarfism because the presence of associated brain malformations can assist in the antenatal diagnosis of thanatophoric dwarfism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-51
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Brain
  • Fetal imaging
  • Postmortem MRI
  • Temporal lobes
  • Thanatophoric dwarfism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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