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Skeletal Dysplasia

More than 400 different skeletal dysplasias can affect a child’s bone growth, including achondroplasia, the most common type. These problems can be complex, and you and your family need reliable information on treatment and potential results. Johns Hopkins’ pediatric neurosurgeons work together with orthopaedists and other expert colleagues as a team to provide individualized treatment for each child.

Skeletal Dysplasia: Why Choose Johns Hopkins?

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    • Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeons have treated many children with different varieties of skeletal dysplasia and have access to the latest treatments for the condition and its related problems.
    • At Johns Hopkins, your child benefits from the involvement of multiple specialties, including neurosurgeons, neurologists, pediatric orthopeadists pediatric ophthalmologists, radiologists, geneticists, pulmonologists and others who develop and implement the treatment plan.
    • If surgery is recommended for your child’s skeletal dysplasia, you will find a dedicated and compassionate environment for healing at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, which offers comprehensive care and support for the entire family as well as the individual child.
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Skeletal Dysplasia: Treatments

Our specialists in neurosurgery can address the problems associated with skeletal dysplasia, including spinal stenosis, spinal instability and hydrocephalus. We offer a range of surgical options, including minimally invasive endoscopic techniques when appropriate.

At Johns Hopkins, your child’s team has access to new research and treatments for skeletal dysplasia, including instrumentation and fusion for stenosis, joint replacement, limb-lengthening procedures, and procedures to relieve hydrocephalus.

Your team provides clear insights, skilled treatment and compassionate care for your child, from diagnosis through surgery, recovery and rehabilitation.

Neurosurgery Specialists in Skeletal Dysplasia

Working with a multidisciplinary team, including expert colleagues in orthopaedics and other speciaities, the pediatric neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins work to develop an optimal treatment plan for each child..

Dr. Mari GrovesMari Groves, M.D., neurosurgeon at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center


Alan R. Cohen, M.D.
Mari Groves, M.D.
Eric M. Jackson, M.D.
Shenandoah Robinson, M.D.

Advanced Practitioners

Stephanie Berry, P.A.-C
Kelly Hartnett, P.A.-C.
Heather Kerber, P.A.-C.

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