Skeletal Disease

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

How is happens

  • Muscle and connective tissue (tendons and ligaments) are replaced by bone
  • It forms bone outside of the skeleton which effects movement in every part of the body
  • Usually starts in the scapula area or around the neck and noticeable around early childhood
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  • Effects 1 in every 2 million people
  • 800 cases world wide; 285 United States
  • $1.5 million/year on research
FOP Facts & Insights: What is FOP?

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

  • only labatory dedicated to FOP research
  • Discovered the FOP Gene in April 2006
  • Usually misdiagnosed as cancer

Symptoms can include:

  • Short big toe
  • Restraint in shoulders, neck, or other large muscle areas
  • Bone fusion in toes
  • Scoliosis
  • Swelling, pain and/or fever
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Treatment options:

  • Little to no treatment options
  • There are more discoveries in medicine being made for possible treatments
  • Money for research is very low so this creates a struggle for a treatment