The fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic specialists with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville (COOL), affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, are the foremost providers of pediatric orthopedic care for children and teens with Morquio syndrome in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Morquio syndrome is a very rare inherited condition. The condition causes the body to not have any or enough enzymes to break down sugar chains (glycosaminoglycans). Glycosaminoglycans help build bone, cartilage, the corneas of the eye, skin and connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. The condition causes glycosaminoglycans to build up in the cells, blood and connective tissue, which can cause damage over time. There are two types of Morquio syndrome:
Depending on the type, Morquio syndrome can cause:
Morquio syndrome symptoms may include:
Treatment plans for Morquio syndrome will be unique based on a child’s age, diagnosis and current condition. Many children with Morquio syndrome are diagnosed with orthopedic conditions including:
Treatment will depend on the child’s orthopedic symptoms. Some children simply may need monitoring, while others may need nonsurgical or surgical interventions. The pediatric orthopedic specialists with COOL will create a unique treatment plan for the child.