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Achondroplasia Treatments

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Currently, there is no way to prevent achondroplasia, since the most cases result from unexpected new mutations. Doctors may treat some cases with growth hormone but this does not affect the height of an individual with achondroplasia very much. In some very specific cases, surgeries to lengthen legs may be considered.

It is very important to check for bone abnormalities, especially in the back. These problems can cause breathing difficulties and leg pain. Kyphosis or "hunch-back" may need to be corrected through surgery if it does not correct itself when your child starts to walk. There is another surgery to help bowing of the legs.

Some children may have ear infections. These should be treated as soon as possible to prevent hearing loss.  Dental problems may need to be addressed by an orthodontist.

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