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We just noticed our 18month old daughter cant straighten/

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We just noticed our 18month old daughter cant straighten/ extend her right arm fully, also the arm is now noticeable shorter and feels like the bicep on the eight arm is under developed may be because she cant flex the muscle. We are very worried and we taking her to a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon next week.She is a normal happy baby born ful term and a straight forward natural birth, no complications. Any idea what it can be? Injury? What is usual treatment for this?

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how is she moving around at 18 months? crawling and sitting up ? walking yet?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
she is walking / running and sitting fine, no other developmental issues just the right elbow that does not fully extend and is shorter than the normal functioning left hand.

that is good she is walking and running and sitting fine

I can't examine her arm or her muscles.

I'm glad she is going to see a pediatric orthopedic specialist.

she could have a congential shorter bicept muscle possibly

it doesn't sound like she would need any surgery at this point

best to let her grow and develop and continue to watch the area.

let me know if you have questions.

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