Treatment depends on which body system is affected and the severity of the problem. The condition itself is not treatable, but many of the complications can be treated.
Many communities have Ellis-van Creveld support groups. Ask your health care provider or local hospital if there is one in your area.
Many babies with this condition die in early infancy, usually due to a small chest or heart defect. Stillbirth is common.
The outcome depends on which body system is involved and to what extent that body system is involved. Like most genetic conditions involving bones or the physical structure, intelligence is normal.
- Bone abnormalities
- Breathing difficulty
- Congenital heart disease (CHD) especially atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Kidney disease
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call your health care provider if your child has symptoms of this syndrome. If you have a family history of Ellis-van Creveld syndrome and your child has any symptoms, visit your health care provider.
Genetic counseling can help families understand the condition and how to care for the patient.
Review Date : 8/11/2009
Reviewed By : Diana Chambers, MS, EdD, Certified Genetics Counselor (ABMG), Charter Member of the ABGC, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN. Review provided by VeriMed HealthcareNetwork. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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