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The following are the most common symptoms of achondroplasia, but each child may experience symptoms differently:
In some cases, the child inherits the achondroplasia from a parent with the disorder but most cases — about 80 percent — are caused by a new mutation in the family. This means the parents are of average height and do not have the abnormal gene.
However, people with achondroplasia have a 50 percent chance to pass the gene to a child, resulting in the condition. If both parents have achondroplasia there is a 50 percent chance to have a child with achondroplasia, a 25 percent chance that the child will not inherit the gene and be of average height, and a 25 percent chance that the child will inherit one abnormal gene from each parent, which can lead to severe skeletal problems that often result in early death.
Fathers who are older than 45 years higher chance of having children with certain genetic disorders including achondroplasia. At this time, researchers have not uncovered a particular mutations in sperm that is linked to the disorder.
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