Health Problems Associated With AchondroplasiaHealth problems commonly associated with this disorder include:
- Breathing disorders (apnea)
- Reduced muscle strength
- Recurrent ear infections
- Crowded teeth.
Adults with achondroplasia usually develop a pronounced and permanent sway of the lower back (lordosis) and bowed legs. It can also cause back pain in older individuals, which can cause difficulty with walking.
There is no cure for achondroplasia. However, treatment options can treat the signs, symptoms, and health conditions that occur as a result of the disease.
(Click Achondroplasia Treatments for more information.)
Achondroplasia is the most common type of short-limbed dwarfism. This condition affects 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 births.
The prognosis of people with achondroplasia 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 a severe form of the disease. However, most people with achondroplasia should expect to live a normal lifespan and have normal intelligence.