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Pediatric Achondroplasia

What You Need to Know

Achondroplasia is a type of rare genetic bone disorder.

Key Symptoms

The strong, flexible tissue called cartilage is not made into bone as normal. Signs can include short arms and legs, large head and flattened bridge of nose.


Achondroplasia can be diagnosed before birth by fetal ultrasound or after birth with a physical exam.


There is no treatment for changing the condition. But different kinds of treatment can be done to help relieve problems caused by the condition.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Achondroplasia

Departments that Treat Achondroplasia

Rare Disease Institute - Genetics and Metabolism

Children's National Rare Disease Institute (CNRDI) is a first-of-its-kind center focused exclusively on advancing the care and treatment of children and adults with rare genetic diseases.

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The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute

The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provides specialized care for babies during pregnancy, delivery and after birth.

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Cancer Genetics Program

Our cancer genetics experts help answer important questions about your child's inherited risk for cancer.

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