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Disease definition

Hemimelia is a limb malformation characterized by the absence or gross shortening of the lower portion of one or more of the limbs. The condition is designated according to which bone of the distal arm or leg is absent or defective and includes fibular, radial, tibial, or ulnar hemimelia (see these terms). Hemimelia ranges in severity.


  • Synonym(s):
    • Longitudinal meromelia
  • Prevalence: 1-9 / 100 000
  • Inheritance: Not applicable 
  • Age of onset: Neonatal
  • ICD-10: Q71.8  Q72.8  Q73.8
  • OMIM: -
  • UMLS: C0018987
  • MeSH: -
  • GARD: -
  • MedDRA: 10019464

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