Achondroplasia

Common Name(s)

Achondroplasia

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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Little People of America, Inc.

Little People of America, Inc. (LPA), will assist dwarfs with their physical and developmental concerns resulting from short stature. By providing medical, environmental, educational, vocational, and parental guidance, short-statured individuals and their families may enhance their lives and lifestyles with minimal limitations. Through peer support and personal example, our members will be supportive of all those who reach out to LPA. Lastly, by networking with national and international growth-related and genetic-support groups, LPA will enhance knowledge and support of short-statured individuals.

Last Updated: 10 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Achondroplasia" for support, advocacy or research.

Little People of America, Inc.

Little People of America, Inc. (LPA), will assist dwarfs with their physical and developmental concerns resulting from short stature. By providing medical, environmental, educational, vocational, and parental guidance, short-statured individuals and their families may enhance their lives and lifestyles with minimal limitations. Through peer support and personal example, our members will be supportive of all those who reach out to LPA. Lastly, by networking with national and international growth-related and genetic-support groups, LPA will enhance knowledge and support of short-statured individuals.

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Last Updated: 10 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Achondroplasia" returned 103 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Achondroplasia and Macular Coloboma.
 

Author(s): M H Ahoor, Y Amizadeh, R Sorkhabi

Journal: Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. ;22(4):522-4.

 

Achondroplasia is an autosomal dominant congenital disorder of enchondral ossification. It is clinically characterized by low stature, craniofacial deformity, and vertebral malformation. Associated ophthalmic features include telecanthus, exotropia, angle anomalies, and cone-rod dystrophy. ...

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2015

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Limb Lengthening in Patients with Achondroplasia.
 

Author(s): Kwang-Won Park, Rey-an NiƱo Garcia, Chastity Amor Rejuso, Jung-Woo Choi, Hae-Ryong Song

Journal: Yonsei Med. J.. 2015 Nov;56(6):1656-62.

 

Although bilateral lower-limb lengthening has been performed on patients with achondroplasia, the outcomes for the tibia and femur in terms of radiographic parameters, clinical results, and complications have not been compared with each other. We proposed 1) to compare the radiological ...

Last Updated: 8 Oct 2015

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Non-invasive prenatal diagnosis of achondroplasia and thanatophoric dysplasia: next-generation sequencing allows for a safer, more accurate, and comprehensive approach.
 

Author(s): Lyn S Chitty, Sarah Mason, Angela N Barrett, Fiona McKay, Nicholas Lench, Rebecca Daley, Lucy A Jenkins

Journal: Prenat. Diagn.. 2015 Jul;35(7):656-62.

 

Accurate prenatal diagnosis of genetic conditions can be challenging and usually requires invasive testing. Here, we demonstrate the potential of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for the analysis of cell-free DNA in maternal blood to transform prenatal diagnosis of monogenic disorders.

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2015

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The terms "Achondroplasia" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Impact of three genetic musculoskeletal diseases: a comparative synthesis of achondroplasia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and osteogenesis imperfecta.
 

Author(s): Maman Joyce Dogba, Frank Rauch, Erin Douglas, Christophe Bedos

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Achondroplasia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and osteogenesis imperfecta are among the most frequent rare genetic disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system in children. Rare genetic disorders are severely disabling and can have substantial impacts on families, children, and on ...

Last Updated: 14 Jul 2015

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Medical complications of achondroplasia: a multicentre patient review.
 

Author(s): A G Hunter, A Bankier, J G Rogers, D Sillence, C I Scott

Journal: J. Med. Genet.. 1998 Sep;35(9):705-12.

 

Achondroplasia is the most prevalent chondrodysplasia and numerous authors have documented the varied social and medical complications that may compromise a full and productive life. Complications include cervicomedullary compression, spinal stenosis, restrictive and obstructive lung ...

Last Updated: 10 Nov 1998

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Last Updated: 26 Apr 2016

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