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Age of Onset
Autosomal dominant ?A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease
Autosomal recessive ?Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype
X-linked dominant ?X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.
X-linked recessive ?Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder
Mitochondrial or multigenic ?Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.
Multigenic or multifactor ?Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.
Other Names (AKA)
Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Musculoskeletal Diseases
Hypochondroplasia is a form of skeletal disease characterized by very
This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormal form of the vertebral bodies||0003312|
Short fingers or toes
|Childhood onset short-limb
Smaller or shorter than typical limbs
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|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormality of femur morphology||
Abnormality of the thighbone
Abnormal shape of pelvic girdle bone
|Abnormality of the elbow||
Abnormality of the elbows
|Abnormality of the metaphysis||
Abnormality of the wide portion of a long bone
Outward bowing at knees
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Joints move beyond expected range of motion
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
Darkened and thickened skin
Mental retardation, nonspecific
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Increased size of skull
Large head circumference
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Degenerative joint disease
Pauses in breathing while sleeping
|Spinal canal stenosis||
Narrow spinal canal
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
|Aplasia/hypoplasia of the extremities||
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Flared wide portion of long bone
|Limited elbow extension||
Decreased elbow extension
Elbow limited extension
Limitation of elbow extension
Limited extension at elbows
Limited forearm extension
Restricted elbow extension
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Excessive inward curvature of lower spine
|Short long bone||
Long bone shortening
Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
- The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) provides information about the genetic tests for this condition. The intended audience for the GTR is health care providers and researchers. Patients and consumers with specific questions about a genetic test should contact a health care provider or a genetics professional.
- Developmental intervention and special education for learning disabilities
- A surgery called laminectomy or a procedure known as decompression which can take pressure off the spinal nerves or spinal canal in cases of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine)
- Growth hormone therapy at around the time of puberty (this has shown mixed results)
Support groups can help individuals with hypochondroplasia and their family members adapt to
Sometimes, children with hypochondroplasia are more severely affected, and have very similar features to those of achondroplasia. In these cases, recommendations for the management of achondroplasia (outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Genetics) may be considered. See also a description of the management of achondroplasia.
A consultation with a genetic doctor for
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
Hypochondroplasia closely resembles achondroplasia (also caused by mutations in the FGFR3 gene; see this term), although the short stature and skeletal disproportion are clearly less pronounced in hypochondroplasia and the two conditions can be differentiated on the basis of the milder radiological findings in hypochondroplasia.
Visit the Orphanet disease page for more information.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Hypochondroplasia. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
- GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions.
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Hypochondroplasia. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- Hypochondroplasia. Genetics Home Reference. 2012; https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hypochondroplasia.
- Bober MB, Bellus GA, Nikkel SM & Tiller GE. Hypochondroplasia. GeneReviews. 2013; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1477/.