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Patient Guide to Achondroplasia
" Dyplasia" means abnormal development. "Achondroplasia" refers to the abnormal development of cartilage ("chondro"). Because the skeleton develops by the ossification of cartilage, this leads to an abnormal development of the bones, most commonly causing them to be much shorter than normal.
Achondroplasia is the most common of all skeletal dysplasias. This condition leads to patients attaining a full grown height under four feet. The greatest shortening occurs in the humerus (the bone between the shoulder and the elbow) and the femur (the bone between the hip and the knee). There may also be underdevelopment of the face.
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Added: Sat Nov 18 2006