Birth fractures in spinal muscular atrophy

S. W. Burke, V. P. Jameson, J. M. Roberts, C. E. Johnston, J. Willis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


Three patients with birth fractures and Werdnig-Hoffmann disease are presented. Two of the three were erroneously diagnosed as having osteogenesis imperfecta. The etiology of these fractures appears to be in utero osteoporosis secondary to decreased movement, leading to pathologic fracture during birth. Immobilization led to uneventful healing in all cases; no recurrent fractures were seen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-36
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986


  • Birth
  • Fractures
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Werdnig-Hoffmann disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Birth fractures in spinal muscular atrophy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this