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Symptoms of Achondroplasia or dwarfism include long trunk but shortened legs and arms, with large prominent forehead. They may also have flattened nose bridge, crowded teeth, protruding jawline, bowed legs, curved spines and broad feet.
HOW IS ACHONDROPLASIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Achondroplasia can be done by orthopaedics through: • Physical exam • X-Rays • Genetic testing • Prenatal genetic testing
HOW IS ACHONDROPLASIA TREATED?
Treatments of achondroplasia can be done with growth hormones. People with orthopaedic complication may be treated with tracheotomy, surgeries, draining excessive fluid from brain, physical therapies, back braces for improving shape of spine, proper nutrition and exercises that can treat skeletal problems.
DID YOU KNOW?
A gene mutation is known to cause Achondroplasia. It is not an inherited disorder as over 80% of people suffering from Achondroplasia have parents with normal stature.