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Achondroplasia is a genetic bone disorder and the most common type of dwarfism.
• Affects one in 20,000 babies
• Arms and legs are short in proportion to body length and head is often large
• The genetic mutation causes abnormal cartilage formation
• Prenatal testing available
Children with achondroplasia are seen in the genetics program and/or the advanced fetal care program at Boston Children's Hospital.
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