Hecht Jacqueline T.; Scott, Charles I. Jr.Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: March 1984 Article: PDF Only Buy Abstract Summary A prospective study of patients seen at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Houston Unit, showed that there is a substantial genetic component to orthopedic disorders. A mean of 25% of new patients and 46% of specialty clinic patients had orthopedic diseases of genetic etiology. The respective single gene component was 7.2% and 12.9%. Rare disorders were observed, and some of these are discussed. The results indicate that genetic counseling should be an integral part of orthopedic care. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.