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Health Problems Associated With Achondroplasia Dwarfism

Health problems commonly associated with achondroplasia dwarfism include:
 
  • Breathing disorders (apnea)
  • Obesity
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Crowded teeth.
     
Adults with achondroplasia dwarfism usually develop a pronounced and permanent sway of the lower back (lordosis) and bowed legs. The condition can also cause back pain in older individuals, which can cause difficulty with walking.
 

Treatment for Achondroplasia Dwarfism

There is no cure for achondroplasia dwarfism. However, there are treatment options that can help with the signs, symptoms, and health conditions that often occur as a result.
 
(Click Treatment for Achondroplastic Dwarfism for more information about treatment options.)
 

How Common Is Achondroplasia Dwarfism?

Achondroplasia dwarfism is the most common type of short-limbed dwarfism. This condition affects 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 births.
 

Prognosis With Achondroplasia Dwarfism

The prognosis of people with achondroplasia dwarfism depends on the severity of their condition. In 2 to 5 percent of all cases, newborns do not survive more than 12 months after birth. These cases are considered to be a severe form of achondroplasia dwarfism. However, most people with the condition should expect to live a normal lifespan and have normal intelligence.
  

Other Names for Achondroplasia Dwarfism

Other names for achondroplasia dwarfism include:
 
  • ACH
  • Achondroplasia
  • Chondrodystrophia fetalis
  • Chondrodystrophy syndrome
  • Congenital osteosclerosis
  • Dwarf, achondroplastic
  • Osteosclerosis congenital.
     
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