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Achondroplasia: Introduction

Achondroplasia: Achondroplasia is a Greek word meaning "without cartilage formation" and is one of the most common causes of dwarfism. The appearance is of short stature with ... more about Achondroplasia.

Achondroplasia: A disorder characterized by problems with bone growth. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Achondroplasia is available below.

Symptoms of Achondroplasia

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Causes of Achondroplasia

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Achondroplasia: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Achondroplasia

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Prognosis for Achondroplasia

Prognosis for Achondroplasia: Usually normal life expectancy

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Article Excerpts about Achondroplasia

Achondroplasia is a Greek word meaning "without cartilage formation" and is one of the most common causes of dwarfism. The appearance is of short stature with disproportionately short arms and legs and a large head. The characteristic facial features include a prominent forehead and a flattened bridge of the nose. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

Definitions of Achondroplasia:

Hereditary disturbance of epiphyseal chondroblastic growth, causing inadequate enchondral bone formation and resulting in a peculiar form of dwarfism. - (Source - Diseases Database)

An inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birth; cartilage is converted to bone resulting in dwarfism - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Achondroplasia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Achondroplasia, or a subtype of Achondroplasia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Achondroplasia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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