If your baby’s limbs and legs are shorter than typical and their head is huge, doctors may use ultrasounds to discover achondroplastic dwarfism before birth. The majority of instances of achondroplastic dwarfism are not diagnosed until after delivery.
Achondroplastic dwarfism is diagnosed through the following:
- Physical examination
- Genetic testing (FGFR3 gene)
- Prenatal examination (if either one or both parents are affected)
- CT scan or MRI to detect spinal cord compression or muscular weakness
Achondroplastic dwarfism has no known cure or therapy. If any difficulties emerge, your doctor will deal with them. Antibiotics, for example, are administered to treat ear infections, and surgery may be undertaken for severe spinal stenosis.
Some physicians utilize growth hormones to increase a child’s bone development. However, their long-term effects on height have yet to be determined and are considered minor at best.