Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) is a condition affecting 1 in 3000 babies. It is characterized by contractures (stiffness) in two or more joints resulting in decreased range of motion and muscle function. There are various types and causes of AMC. Joint contractures can often be detected by ultrasound during pregnancy, but more than half of all cases go undetected until after birth.
Our acronym T.I.M.E. stands for "Thorough Intrauterine Movement Evaluation". With a few extra minutes looking at how a baby's arms and legs are moving during a routine anatomy ultrasound, it may be possible to increase the detection rate for movement disorders such as AMC.
When AMC is detected during pregnancy, doctors and families are able to construct a more organized, better-informed care plan. While there is no cure for AMC, there are many doctors and therapists who can help treat the condition. Early detection enables expectant parents to begin assembling their team of providers and plan for the safest delivery of their child.