A revised and extended classification of the distal arthrogryposes

Am J Med Genet. 1996 Nov 11;65(4):277-81. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-8628(19961111)65:4<277::AID-AJMG6>3.0.CO;2-M.


Since the group of disorders known as the distal arthrogryposes (DAs) were defined, additional disorders characterized by multiple congenital contractures of the distal limbs were described, and the distribution of phenotypic findings in the DAs has been expanded. The breadth of disorders labeled as DAs has diminished the usefulness of the DA classification. We propose a strict definition of DA and diagnostic criteria for DA disorders. Subsequently, we use these standards and propose a revised classification of discrete conditions that should be labeled DAs. Optimally, this serves as a framework for a DA classification based on underlying molecular and physiologic abnormalities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthrogryposis / classification*
  • Arthrogryposis / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Limb Deformities, Congenital*