Gaten Matarazzo is as impressive as Dustin, the character he plays in Stranger Things ! Like him, he crunches life to the fullest, even if it is made up of many obstacles. This September 8, 2022, the young actor celebrates his 20th birthday. Little Dustin, tall as three apples, has grown up well and he can be proud of the progress he has made. This is an opportunity to return to one of the daily battles of Gaten Matarazzo, who suffers from a rare genetic disease. The actor raised the subject for the first in 2016 with Daily Beast. Indeed, he had revealed to be suffering from cleidocranial dysplasia. It is a rare genetic disease that can regularly be diagnosed during pregnancy. It is caused by the mutation of the RUNX2 gene and impacts bone development. It affects around 1 in 1 million people, estimates the Orpha.net site, which specializes in rare diseases. Cleidocranial dysplasia is characterized by “aplasia of the collarbones with narrow, drooping shoulders that can be pulled together in front […] and a broad spectrum of dental abnormalities, such as abnormal dentition, supernumerary teeth, delayed eruption of permanent dentition, and persistence of primary teeth.”. Regarding the interpreter of Dustin, she reached her teeth.
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How does Gaten Matarazzo disease manifest?
You may have noticed it in Stranger Thingsbut the interpreter of Dustin suffers and teething problems. Indeed, in him, the disease reached the oral cavity of his body. The young actor has announced that he has already been removed “14 teeth growing in his gums”. If he can live with cleidocranial dysplasia, he must have a “supplementary supply of calcium and vitamin D to strengthen the bones”, and possibly undergo dental surgery. In addition to the teeth, the disease can attack other areas of the body. It can be manifested by tapered fingers, short and wide thumbs, growth arrest, scoliosis or even flat feet. On the other hand, the life expectancy and cognitive functions of sick individuals are not impacted.
Gaten Matarazzo touched by fan support after speaking out about his illness
When Gaten Matarazzo first told his community about his illness, he was surprised to see that many people were suffering from the same thing. “It was the first time they heard about it outside the doctor’s office, it inspired them” explained the young man. The actor is living proof that it is possible to overcome anything when you decide to be happy!
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