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Interesting facts

  • Achondroplasia, which means "without cartilage formation", is a greek word.
  • Acohndroplasia is part of a group of disorders called chrondrodystrophies.
  • 80% of achondroplasia cases are caused by spontaneous mutations.
  • It is one of the most common of all skeletal dysplasias
  • Achondroplasia is the most common type of dwarfism, affecting up to 80% of all little people. 
  • Most Achondroplastics are double jointed, which is caused by loose ligaments.
  • People with achondroplia usually have normal intelligance
  • Men's average height is 51.8 inches tall which is about 4 ft. 3
  • Women's average height is 48.6 inches tall which is about 4 ft.
  • Achondroplastics seldom ever reach five feet high.
  • Nine out of ten children with achondroplasia have normal sized parents.
  • Usually average sized kids with achondroplastic parnts are not at a higher risk of passing the disease to their children
  • Absolute prevention is NOT possible
  • The apperance of achondroplasia is apparent at birth.
  • Infants who are homozygous achondroplasia rarley live beyond a few months
  • The greatest shortening occurs in the bone between the shoulder and elbow (humerus) and the bone between the hip and knee (femur)