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A disorder of the bone growth, Achondroplasia is one of the most common forms of disproportionate dwarfism and is caused by a gene mutation. Symptoms of Achondroplasia include short physique with unreasonably short arms and legs, a large head (macrocephaly), short fingers and specific facial features with a prominent forehead and mid-face hypoplasia. Breathing problems, recurrent ear infections, obesity, back pain and bowed legs are some other symptoms of Acondroplasia.
HOW IS ACHONDROPLASIA DIAGNOSED?
This is usually a genetically inherited condition that can be diagnosed during pregnancy with the help of an ultra sound. An unusually large head can make your doctor ask for a genetic test that will basically look for the FGFR3 gene in a sample of the amniotic liquid. After birth, an X Ray can detect the problem.
HOW IS ACHONDROPLASIA TREATED?
There is no known cure or precise treatment for Achondroplasia. Antibiotics are prescribed for any ear infections and surgery may be recommended for severe cases of spinal stenosis. Some growth hormones are used to increase the growth of the bones however their long term benefits have not been determined as yet.
DID YOU KNOW?
Achondroplasia affects 25000 to 50000 babies and is a common birth defect acquired genetically from parents. Hormonal and metabolic disorders are the most common triggers of achondroplasia in humans.