Achondroplasia - leading to muscle weakness, sensory loss,...

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Achondroplasia Treatment Currently there are no known treatments for Achondroplasia; despite the cause of the condition been identified. Historically, growth hormone was administered, however current research indicates it doesn’t increase stature in patients with the condition. Controversial limb-lengthening surgery has been employed in some patients with mixed success. Prognosis Individuals with Achondroplasia often need a sizable amount of medical care from a wide range of healthcare specialists. Complications of the condition include: Breathing problem especially in neonates Middle ear infections due to narrow Eustachian tubes Raised Inter-Cranial Pressure due to excess production of CSF Spinal curvature and narrowing of spinal canal which exerts pressure on the spinal column
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Unformatted text preview: leading to muscle weakness, sensory loss, poor balance and incontinence Osteoarthritis due to abnormal bone growth which places excessive strain on weight bearing joints Dental problems due to overcrowded teeth Childbirth difficulties owing to a narrow pelvis The eventual height of patients with Achondroplasia varies from 110-150cm. Despite these complications, many patients with the condition lead full and satisfying lives. Prevention Genetic screening and counselling are offered to people with Achondroplasia who want to start a family; with recent advances in Assisted Reproductive Therapies it has become possible to select healthy embryos for implantation....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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