Achondroplasia Treatment

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How to Treat Achondroplasia


Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment that can cure this condition. Because we now know that achondroplasia is caused by an absence of growth factor receptor, scientists are exploring ways to create alternate growth factors which can bypass the missing receptor and lead to normal bone growth. Such treatments are still well in the future but may offer the possibility of enhanced stature to future families who have children with achondroplasia.

Medication

Treatment with human growth hormone has been used for over a decade and effectively increases bone growth rate, at least in the first year of life. There have been few studies looking at whether children treated with growth hormone achieve greater (or normal) adult heights.

Surgery

Surgery is sometimes needed to correct specific skeletal deformities.

  • Spinal fusion -a surgery to permanently connect otherwise separate vertebrae. Surgery performed for patient with significant spinal kyphosis.
  • Laminectomy -a surgery to open the spinal canal to relieve pressure pressure on the compressed spinal cord from Spinal Stenosis. Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, is the most serious complication of achondroplasia.
  • Osteotomy-the bones of the leg are cut and allowed to heal in the correct anatomical position. Procedure is for patients with severe knock-knee or bowed legs.

While osteotomy has primarily been used to correct deformities, in recent years bone lengthening procedures have been used for many short children, including those with achondroplasia. The procedures are lengthy, traumatic, and very demanding for both children and their families. Complications, sometimes serious, are common. One center has reported an average leg length (height) gain of about seven inches and an average increase in arm length of about four inches for achondroplastic individuals who undergo surgery. The combination of growth hormone therapy followed by lengthening surgery may provide benefit in achieving near-normal stature and proportions.



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