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Other Names for this Disease
- Achondroplastic dwarfism
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Achondroplasia is a disorder of bone growth that prevents the changing of cartilage (particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs) to bone. It is characterized by dwarfism, limited range of motion at the elbows, large head size, small fingers, and normal intelligence. Achondroplasia can cause health complications such as apnea, obesity, recurrent ear infections, and lordosis of the spine. Achondroplasia is caused by mutations in the FGFR3 gene. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.
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Selected Full-Text Journal Articles
- Totter TL, Hall JG, Committee on Genetics. Health Supervision for Children With Achondroplasia. Pediatrics 2005;116;771-783 Available at: