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A 12-month-old boy has right congenital fibular intercalary hemimelia with a normal contralateral limb. A radiograph of the lower extremities shows a limb-length discrepancy of 2 cm. All of the shortening is in the right tibia. Assuming that no treatment is rendered prior to skeletal maturity, the limb-length discrepancy will most likely
remain 2 cm at maturity.
decrease slowly until the limb lengths equalize.
increase at a constant rate of 2 cm per year.
increase markedly because of complete failure of tibial growth.
increase slowly, with the right lower extremity remaining in proportion to the left lower extremity.
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