Achondroplasia is an inherited bone disorder that results in dwarfism characterized by short limbs, an average-sized trunk and a large head. At Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, we specialize in surgically treating brain- and spine-related conditions that may arise with achondroplasia, such as hydrocephalus, kyphosis, spinal stenosis or an abnormal craniocervical junction.
Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism, accounting for approximately 70 percent of cases. It occurs in approximately one in 25,000 live births. Average height for men with achondroplasia is 4 feet, 4 inches (131 cm), and average height for women is 4 feet, 1 inch (124 cm).
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