Since most anomalies of the trunk and limbs are classified as minor deformities, it is likely that a plastic surgeon will be the first medical professional that patients who suffer from some kind of congenital malformation syndrome will visit for their first medical examination. Poland sequence and amniotic bands syndrome are the representative disorders in this category, but patients with Marfan syndrome also come to our office for their initial visit. These minor anomalies also occur in non-syndromatic patients; therefore, we need to examine these patients with the possibility of a congenital malformation syndrome in mind. And when we choose a treatment for these syndromes, it is essential for us to fully understand the natural history of the individual patient as well as to collaborate with other departments as appropriate. Our proper determination of the timing and choice of treatment will give the best results for the patient. Finally, our role, as plastic surgeons treating external malformations, has a significant value in the sense of mental support for the patient's family even if the patient has a poor outcome.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Apr 1|
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