Pediatric Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)

Pediatric Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)

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Summary

Achondroplasia (dwarfism) is a rare genetic disorder causing cartilage to not form normally. 

Expanded overview

Achondroplasia is an autosomal dominate disease which means that only one abnormal gene inherited from a single parent can lead to this condition.  Boys reach an average height of about 4 feet, 4 inches. Girls reach an average height of about 4 feet, 1 inch.

Risk factors

Most babies born with achondroplasia have no family history of it. However, having a parent with achondroplasia increases the risk of being born with this condition.

Symptoms

Tests and Diagnosis