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Treatment of achondroplasia

Treatment of achondroplasia

Treatment of achondroplasia

Treatment of achondroplasia

At present there is no standard treatment which can completely cure this condition. Some treatment modalities like injecting the human growth hormone to enhance physical growth or leg lengthening surgeries have been done. But there are no clear and positive data regarding such treatment.

Some lifestyle modifications which aim at maintaining ideal weight are helpful. Obesity may precipitate skeletal problems in people with achondroplasia. Thus it is very important to incorporate regular physical activity and appropriate diet in order to prevent obesity.

Complications, if any, should be treated timely. It is advisable to consult a respiratory physician if one feels sleepy in spite of keeping normal sleeping hours. Any kind of breathing problems should immediately be examined and dealt with. If there is obstruction of breathing due to large tonsils, it is recommended to get tonsils removed surgically. Recurrent ear infections can be treated with middle ear drainage tubes.

People with achondroplasia have a normal life span with no health problems if they maintain their weight and get any concurrent complication treated immediately.

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