Achondroplastic dwarfism is the most common form of short-limbed dwarfism. People with this disorder do not grow to what are considered normal heights and average about four feet tall. Usually, the forehead is large, and the middle part of the face is small.
Achondroplastic dwarfism can be genetically inherited, but about eight out of every 10 cases occur without a family history of the condition. Although people with this condition run a higher risk for certain health problems, they generally live normal, healthy lives.
A diagnosis can be determined based on a physical examination and a medical history of the child and his or her family.
Most related problems from this condition can be treated. Increasing height is also possible using specific treatments.