Achondroplasia is diagnosed through clinical testing and x-ray screenings. Younger people and people who do not show symptoms can get genetic testing.
There is no cure for achondroplasia. Children can be treated with growth hormones to help with overall bodily growth. Surgeries such as joint replacement and sleep apnea can be done in adults to help with side effects of the disease.
People with this disease can live a normal life with the only hindrances being of short stature and some other minor physical ailments (such as sleep apnea and a faster wear on joints).
Current research into this disease include ways to cure the disease in early childhood, such as using growth hormones, and treatments that can be performed on older people.
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