Previous | Next
Achondroplasia is an inherited disorder of bone growth. It is one of the group of disorders that are collectively called chondrodystrophies or osteochondrodysplasias.
The disorder causes a type of dwarfism that is recognized by a characteristic normal- to large-sized head, shortened arms and legs (especially the upper arm and thigh), a normal-sized trunk, and waddling gait. Achondroplasia is the most common type of dwarfism.
Contents of this page:
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Signs and tests
Calling your health care provider
Type: Reference Material
Author/Contact: Not available
Institution: NLM MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Submitted by: admin
Added: Sat Nov 18 2006