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Symptoms: The symptoms of an individual with achondroplasia include abnormal growth of the bones, resulting in abnormal, short height, a large head and forehead, and characteristic facial features such as midface hypoplasia, or underdevelopment of the midface. Some patients may have arthritis or cardiovascular disorders.  Most people with the disorder do not usually have mental disorders or impairment in intellect.

Common apperance of an achondroplasic:
  • Short stature
  • Short limbs
  • Large head
  • Protruding jaw and crowded teeth.
  • Clubfoot
  • Limb abnormalities
  • Abnormal hands
  • Spine curvatures
  • Unusual and uncontrollable problems with walking. (walking gait)
  • Prominent forehead
  • A curve in the lower back making the butticks appear more proinent.
  • Outward curve of upper nack making it look hunched.
  • decreased muscle tone.
  • Excess weight (wieght control is usually a life long battle for achondroplastics)


picture shows how much shorter the upper arm is