At Boston Children’s Hospital, we understand that the first step to treating your child or teen is getting an accurate, timely and thorough diagnosis.
Your child’s doctor first takes a thorough medical and family history and conducts a careful physical exam.
To confirm a diagnosis of Madelung deformity, the doctor orders x-rays to look closely at the underlying structure of your child’s wrist bones, to check for related conditions; and to determine the best course of treatment.
To evaluate whether genetic syndromes are involved, Boston Children’s may also perform genetic testing.
- There are some conditions that can cause deformities that mimic the Madelung deformity, including sickle cell disease, post-traumatic growth plate disturbance of the radius, bone dysplasia and others. The doctor will rule out other possible conditions using physical exam, X-rays, and occasionally, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT scans (computed tomography).