Achondrogenesis

Definition of Achondrogenesis

Achondrogenesis is a rare type of in which there is a defect in the development of bone and cartilage.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Achondrogenesis is inherited, which means it is passed down through families.

Signs and tests

X-rays show bone problems associated with the condition.

Treatment

There is no current therapy. Talk to your doctor about care decisions.

Expectations (prognosis)

The outcome is generally very poor. Many infants with achondrogenesis are stillborn or die shortly after birth because of related to the abnormally small chest.

Review

Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 8/2/2009

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