A Genetic Disorder

Genetic Transmission

Achondroplasia is a dominant allele which means that even if the person only has one affected allele they will still suffer from the disease.

Around 80% of cases involve a person with normal sized parents and a mutation that occurred in the FGFR3 gene. In the rest of the cases they person received the gene from one or more parents.

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Life Expectancy & Treatments

The average life expectancy for someone with achondroplasia is ten years less than the average human.
~Doctors can attempt to change the way the bones are growing.

~Doctors can stabilize the growth of the spine.

~Increasing the size of the opening in bones of the spine to reduce pressure on the spinal cord.

~Placing a shunt to remove excess fluid around the brain, if hydrocephalus occurs.

~Surgery can also be performed by a specialist. .

~Control of weight, to prevent some severity of joints, and back.

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Interesting Facts

-As an adult, one with a form of dwarfism is under 4' 10"

-Achondroplasia causes about 70% of all dwarfism

-Most Achondroplastics are double jointed. This is caused by loose ligaments.

-Achondroplasia is a greek words translated as "without cartilage formation"

-One with achondroplasia usually has normal intelligence.

-The appearance of achondroplasia is apparent at birth.

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  • The average height of an adult male with achondroplasia is 4 feet, 4 inches

  • The average height for adult females is 4 feet, 1 inch

  • Characteristics include an average-size trunk, short arms and legs with particularly short upper arms and thighs,

  • Limited range of motion at the elbows

  • An enlarged head with a prominent forehead

  • Fingers are typically short and the ring finger and middle finger may diverge, giving the hand a three-pronged (trident) appearance

  • Episodes in which breathing slows or stops for short periods (apnea)

  • Obesity

  • Recurrent ear infections

  • permanent sway of the lower back and bowed legs

  • Front-to-back curvature of the spine and back pain

  • Spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can pinch the upper part of the spinal cord

  • Hydrocephalus, which is a buildup of fluid in the brain in affected children that can lead to increased head size and related brain abnormalities


  • Some characteristics of achondroplasia are detectable during an ultrasound (hydrocephalus or an abnormally large head)

  • Genetic tests

  • Look for the defective FGFR3 gene in a sample of amniotic fluid

  • Your doctor can diagnose your child by looking at his or her features

  • X-rays to measure the length of your infant’s bones

  • Blood tests may also be ordered to look for the defective FGFR3 gene.


  • 1 in 25,000 births

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