Skeletal Dysplasia Care

Cedars-Sinai is a leader in diagnosis and treatment of neurosurgical complications in children with skeletal dysplasia. These complications include hydrocephalus, foramen magnum stenosis and spinal stenosis. Doctors from all over the world look to us for guidance on complex cases and the latest care techniques. And parents put their trust in our team because we consistently achieve excellent results.

Our Approach to Treating Complications of Skeletal Dysplasias

Decades ago, Cedars-Sinai experts made some of the most significant discoveries about skeletal dysplasia. Geneticist David Rimoin, MD, PhD, was among the few physicians at the time conducting skeletal dysplasia research. His efforts helped inspired many of the care methods we use today for children and adults with neurosurgical complications of skeletal dysplasia.

Our approach to care includes:


Pediatric neurosurgeons at Cedars-Sinai are among the nation's most respected skeletal dysplasia specialists. We successfully treat complications such as hydrocephalus. We work alongside other Cedars-Sinai specialists to tailor care to meet your child's needs. For example, our anesthesiologists have a great deal of experience and use care practices that keep children of smaller stature safe during surgery.

Appropriate Treatments

We accurately diagnose problems such as narrowing of the bones and tissue near the spine. We use this information to determine when surgery is appropriate so your child can avoid unnecessary therapies. Find out more about foramen magnum stenosis surgery.


Our experts share research findings with doctors all over the world through publications and speaking engagements. We also work with organizations such as Little People of America. We participate in their medical advisory board and provide remote consultations to other doctors.

Types of Skeletal Dysplasia We Treat

Skeletal dysplasias affect the way bones and cartilage grow. Children with these conditions often have limbs that are shorter than average.

Additional Services for Achondroplasia and Skeletal Dysplasia

These services include: 

  • Early detection: We can often detect signs of skeletal dysplasia before children are born. Using sophisticated imaging techniques, we assess problems and coordinate treatments when necessary. Find out more about our fetal neurological care.
  • Lifelong care: Children with skeletal dysplasia often need additional surgeries later in life. At Cedars-Sinai, our adult spine surgery specialists coordinate with pediatric experts whenever necessary, so your child continues to receive top-notch care.
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