Spinal surgery achondroplasia
Compression on the nervous tissue occurs most frequently in the lower back, concerning the cauda equina. This leads to pain in the legs upon walking and standing. This is called neurogenic claudication. This phenomenon also occurs in non-achondroplasts, because this is a normal phenomenon that occurs upon ageing. However, in achondroplasts it occurs more often due to the deviating anatomy.
Compression on the nervous tissue in the neck results in complaints that can be ascribed to compression on the cervical spinal cord. This can lead to:
- Numbness in arms
- Problems with coordination in arms and/or legs
- Incontinence or micturition problems
Spinal surgery is usually offered to relieve complaints.
Within UNCH LUMC is specialised in diagnosing and treating spinal problems in people with achondroplasia. For more information please visit the LUMC website.