Achondroplasia

By Katie Glaus & Marissa Detlor

What is Achondroplasia?

Achondroplasia is the scientific term for dwarfism which is significantly abnormal short stature.
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Symptoms & How it affects the individual

Symptoms:


Facial-

-prominent foreheads

-depressed nasal bridge

-protruding jaw

-crowded teeth


Entire body-

-upper spine is straight

-lower spine has an exaggerated curve

-shortness of limbs is present in thighs & upper arms

-lows are bowed


How it affects the individual:

A person with achondroplasia has a different appearance than people without the condition. They are normally much smaller than the average person (can be as small as 4 feet tall) and have shorter limbs and arms. Their unusual shortness and prominent features bring attention to them and can result in them feeling even more excluded and diferent than others. But since people raise awareness of this disease it's not that rare to find a person like this in everyday life. There is even a T.V show called "little people, big world" all about how achondroplasia affects everyday life.


Inheritance pattern

Achondroplasia is an autosomal dominant trait and in order to get this disease one of your parents has to have it or be a carrier and it will be passed on. Every one in 40,000 people have this disease making it very rare but still very possible to see in every day life.

Treatment

This is no cure or treatment for this disease because this doesn't necessarily affect your health; just the external image and internal image

Works cited

DeWitt, Rosalyn Carson. "Encyclopedia." The gale encyclopedia: n. pag. Health and Wellness Resource Center. Web. 23 May 2013.

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Kaneshiro, Neil K. "Achondroplasia." New York times. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. This website passes the C.R.A.P test by being reliable, current, takes authority, and point of view. This website is owned and copyright by new York times and is a well known and trustworthy newspaper and website. It was recently updated tongiht and is updated everyday. The author states facts but also uses background knowledge to make the article reliable and interesting and valid.

- - -. "Achondroplasia." New York times. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. This website passes the C.R.A.P test by being reliable, current, takes authority, and point of view. This website is owned and copyright by new York times and is a well known and trustworthy newspaper and website. It was recently updated tongiht and is updated everyday. The author states facts but also uses background knowledge to make the article reliable and interesting and valid.