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Rare skeletal disorders


The Department of Rare Skeletal Disorders is involved in diagnosis and care of patients affected by rare skeletal dysplasias and other orphan diseases. It is provided with a medical genetics outpatient clinic, welcoming patients with suspected familiar syndromes and offering counseling, and with a molecular genetics laboratory for the molecular diagnosis of such pathologies. It is also involved in several scientific research activities, in the field of rare syndromes involving the muscular-skeletal system.

In collaboration with the Center for Rare Diseases of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità we coordinate the drafting of guidelines for skeletal dysplasias, reference for the treatment of patients on the national territory.

The staff of the Rare Skeletal Disorders unit
The staff of the Rare Skeletal Disorders department

The Regional Hub & Spoke Network for Rare Skeletal Diseases

The Department of Rare Skeletal Disorders is coordinator of the Regional Hub & Spoke network for Rare Skeletal Diseases in the Emilia-Romagna region. The network, the first in Italy, operates throughout the region following the American model called Hub & Spoke, that is by connecting online with the network highly specialized centers (Hub) to the hospitals on the territory (Spokes) thus guaranteeing patients appropriate and aimed diagnostic and therapeutic treatments.

Research Activity

The Department of Rare Skeletal Disorders participates in projects and national and international research networks, aimed at the study and analyses of hereditary skeletal diseases.


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Contacts and Locations


tel. +39-051-6366519
fax +39-051-4689927

Where are our locations?

Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute
via G.C.Pupilli, 1
40136 Bologna (Italy)