10 COMMON DISEASES

CAUSES OF 10
COMMON SYMPTOMS

ACHONDROGENESIS

 
Subject Contents

Achondrogenesis

 
Definition
A defect in the development of bone and cartilage, thought to be inherited.
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Alternative Names

 
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Achondrogenesis is a rare type of dwarfism . It is usually fatal at birth or soon after.
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Symptoms
  • very short trunk, arms, legs and neck
  • head appears large in relation to the trunk
  • small lower jaw
  • narrow chest
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    Signs and tests
    X-rays show characteristic bone abnormalities.
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    Treatment
    No treatment is available. Genetic counseling may be appropriate.
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    Expectations (prognosis)
    The outcome is generally very poor. Many infants with achondrogenesis are stillborn or die shortly after birth because of breathing problems related to the abnormally small chest.
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    Complications
    This condition is often fatal early in life.
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    Calling your health care provider
    (This condition is often diagnosed on the first examination of an infant.)
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    Prevention