A popular TV series is exposing a rare disease that we must know about.
Looking for something to watch to relax and unwind, my daughter and I scoured all the public and private channels when we came across a series that my daughter recognized as “fashionable” among her peers, so we began to watch it. By Chapter 3 the whole family was hooked and we soon became loyal fans of “Stranger Thinghs”
Something that immediately caught our attention and we thought it was great about the series was one of the main characters, a young man who has a type of rare disease, which makes him speak differently, not having permanent teeth despite his age and above all, that keeps a unique personality, very fresh and healthy.
My oldest daughter is a psychologist, the other primary school teacher and I am a pedagogue, so between chapter and chapter, we discussed what illness or problem the writers would like to show with the character of “Dustin” or if they simply wanted to play a character, like so many children , different.
What was our great surprise when the BBC published that the actor who represents Dustin, Gaten Matarazzo, has cleidocranial dysplasia, we had never heard of this disease!
As the chapters progress and you learn more about the characters and the “strange things” that happen to them, Dustin explains to his friends that he suffers from cleidocranial dysplacia and like any other normal child they accept his condition, support him and do not stop spending him from time to time. when a joke.
But in summary, what is cleidocranial dysplasia?
Medline Plus describes this hereditary condition as an abnormal disorder of the bones in the skull without affecting the intelligence or mental development of the sufferer at any time and the absence of clavicles.
It is caused by an abnormal gene and is simply inherited if one of the parents has it. It affects the same girls as boys. There is no cure there that is also recognized as a life condition, there are those who are born with flat feet and others, as in this case, who do not have clavicles.
This dysplasia is recognized by the following symptoms:
- Ability to bring both shoulders together in front of the body
- Loose joints
- Frontal prominence
- Short forearms
- Short fingers
- Primary or “milk” teeth that do not fall out when they should or that the permanent teeth take a long time to appear, grow inwards or crooked in the worst case or never appear.
- Cleidocranial dysplasia does not cause regular pain, except when the dentist must do tooth extraction procedures. There are no major health problems, only timely care for oral and hearing problems.
The life of the patients is average like any other person. Those who suffer from this disease can receive special support if they are thinking of having a child because if the mother is the one who suffers from dysplasia, it is most likely that her baby will be born by cesarean section, the support serves to ward off unfounded fears and enjoy parenthood or motherhood like any other human being.
The onset of caesarean section can be known from the fetus’ DNA after 15 weeks.
Talking as a family we came to the conclusion that the success of this new youth series can be largely showing normal boys, living and doing things appropriate to their age, accepting to be different and showing others that regardless of your life condition, you can have a group of caring and loyal friends because when that happens, they are all capable of doing extraordinary things in this world or “strange” like a television series.