Conditions We Identify

We take specialized and evidence-based approaches to diagnosing children’s genetic and congenital disorders. When appropriate, we provide family-centered treatment for genetic conditions, and collaborate with other divisions at Lurie Children’s to provide comprehensive care for your child.

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Marfan Syndrome

A condition that affects the entire body; specifically the connective tissues of the joints, eyes, heart, blood vessels, lungs, bones, and covering the brain and spinal cord.

Gaucher Disease

A deficiency of the enzyme beta-glucosidase, which breaks down a specific fatty substance, allowing it to accumulate in the body, resulting in anemia, low platelet count, etc.

Metabolic Disorders

When several organs and glands (the liver, pancreas, and endocrine glands, for example) do not function correctly, causing an imbalance of enzymes or hormones in the cells.

Skeletal Dysplasia

Also known as skeletal dysplasia, achondroplasia, or dwarfism, a group of about 400 congenital disorders characterized by abnormal growth of cartilage and bones.

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

One of the several types of leukodystrophy, which is a rare inherited disease that damages the covering (the myelin) of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal column.

Mucopolysaccharidosis & Mucolipidosis

Disorders caused by the deficiency of an enzyme that breaks down mucopolysaccharides, which then accumulate in the tissues of the body, causing various symptoms.

22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

A genetic disorder caused by the partial deletion of genetic material on one copy of a person’s chromosome 22.

Ear Deformities

Currently, up to 30% of births result in ear deformities. Of this number, 70% of the deformities stay the same or get worse as the baby grows.

Fetal Skeletal Dysplasia

A group of developmental bone and cartilage disorders usually resulting from mutated genes, including abnormal growth or absence of limbs, duplication of fingers or toes, etc.

Jewish Genetic Disorders

A number of conditions that are seen more frequently in Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi) than they are in the rest of the population.

Phenylketonuria

An enzyme deficiency which prevents the metabolizing of one of the normal amino acids found in meat, bread, eggs, dairy, nuts and some fruits and vegetables.

Neurofibromatosis

An inherited condition characterized by benign tumors in the cells surrounding nerves, occurring in two types: Type 1 found in younger children, and Type 2 in the older child.