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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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