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Health Problems Associated With Achondroplasia Disease

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

Treatment for Achondroplasia Disease

There is no cure for achondroplasia. However, there are treatment options that can help with the signs, symptoms, and health conditions that occur as a result of achondroplasia disease.
 
(Click Achondroplasia Treatments for more information about these treatment options.)
  

Prognosis With Achondroplasia Disease

The prognosis for people with achondroplasia disease 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 the disease. However, most people with achondroplasia disease should expect to live a normal lifespan and have normal intelligence.
 
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