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Achondroplasia 101


How achondroplasia is inherited
Causes and Prevention
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Signs of Achondroplasia:
* Disproportionate short stature.

* The head is large and the arms and legs are short (particulary noticable in the upper arms and thighs).

* Prominent forehead, a flat or depresssed area at the base of the nose a protruding jaw and sometimes poor dental structure. The teeth are crowded and the upper and lower teeth may be poorly aligned.


* An adult with Achondroplasia has an exaggerated foreward curve to the lower spine, which presents a swaybacked appearance.

*The legs of a person with Achondroplasia almost always become bowed and the elbows often cannot be straightened completely.

* Limited twisting ability available at the elbows.

* Hands are short. Feet are short, flat, and broad.

* Intellegence is generally normal.

* Affected men average 51.8 inches in height, while women average 48.6 inches.



Related Physical Conditions:

* Good head control may not occur until the infant is three or four months old.

* Many children do not walk until relatively late often between 24 and 36 months.

* Weight must be kept under control throughout the individual's life because people with this disorder are prone to weight gain.

* Young children with Achondroplasia are at an increased risk for specific neurologic and respiratory problems in some cases.

All information taken off of the Human Growth Foundation Website.