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The Center for Limb Differences specializes in helping infants, children and teens with hand, foot and limb differences. We were established in 1946 as the nation’s first program to focus exclusively on the needs of children with limb differences.

We help young patients who were born with a limb difference or who underwent an amputation due to a disease or an accident. Our team’s primary goal is to help your child to become as independent as possible in all areas of development.

Who We Serve

Young patients come to us for a wide variety of conditions, including:

Congenital limb differences (occurring at birth):
• Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD)
• Neonatal brachial plexus palsy
• Limb length differences
• Congenital short femur
• Absence or hypoplasia of the radius, ulna, tibia or fibula (hemimelia)
• Humeral deficiencies
• Amelia/phocomelia
• Foot differences and hand differences
• Radial club hand
• Arthrogryposis
• Caudal regression/lumbosacral agenesis

Limb differences associated with syndromes:
• Thrombocytopenia & absent radius (TAR)
• Cornelia de Lange
• Poland
• Holt-Oram
• Vertebral anomalies, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheoesophageal fistula and/or esophageal atresia, renal & radial anomalies and limb defects (VATER/VACTERL)

Amputations due to:
• Cancer
• Vascular condition
• Accident
• Disease
• Post limb-salvage procedures

An Overview of Our Services

At The Center for Limb Differences, we provide care, offer support and recommend resources to benefit your child from birth through age 18. We also offer prenatal consultations.

An evaluation should be made as soon as possible after your child’s birth or amputation. We can discuss a treatment plan and provide information about resources and other support services available to your child and family. Our team also can provide second opinions.

Patients generally visit the center 3 to 4 times a year. Your child’s schedule depends on circumstances unique to him or her. We’ll assess your child at each visit on things like orthopedic condition, growth and developmental needs.

SCHEDULING & QUESTIONS

For more information, please call:

616.840.8005 
800.668.6001