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Is there a mild form of achondroplasia? A semi-dwarf?

Is there a mild form of achondroplasia?  A semi-dwarf?

Several short types: The commonly seen form of achondroplasia is an autosomal dominant form of short limb dwarfism. 80% are new mutations but it can be passed parent to child at a 50%/pregnancy rate. A fetus with a pair of achondroplasia genes has a severe condition & is unlikely to survive infancy. Their are a number of conditions that produce "little people" & you may be thinking of another condition. ...Read more

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Any known health issues associated with achondroplasia dwarf women?

Any known health issues associated with achondroplasia dwarf women?

Yes: Spinal kyphosis convex curvature or lordosis , concave curvature. Varus (bowleg) or valgus , knock knee deformities. Frequently have ear infections (due to eustachian tube blockages), sleep apnea and hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Will all babies with a parent that is a dwarf have achondroplasia?

Not necessarily.: Achondroplasia may be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, meaning that getting the gene from 1 parent causes the child to have the disorder. If 1 parent has achondroplasia, the infant has a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. If both parents have the condition, chances increase to 75%. However, most cases appear as spontaneous mutation, meaning 2 parents w/o it may have a child with it. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for a midget, dwarf or little person?

What is the medical term for a midget, dwarf or little person?

Little people have : short stature, usually < 58 " as adults. A variety of genetic conditions cause dwarfism, characterterized by disproportionate body proportions, skeletal anomalies & other medical conditions. "Midget" is a pejorative term for people with proportionate short stature from a variety of genetic, nutritional, & other medical causes. Use " little person" or " a person with ....", a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any contacts with a little person?

Does anyone have any contacts with a little person?

Support groups: Check out this link for a list of support groups! http://staff.jccc.edu/pdecell/heverman/support%20groups.htm ...Read more

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Am I really short enough to be considered a "little person"?

How short are you: How can we say if you are a little person without knowing your weight and height. ...Read more

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Which is the height requirement to be considered a little person.?

Which is the height requirement to be considered a little person.?

4'10": "little people of america (lpa) defines dwarfism as a medical or genetic condition that usually results in an adult height of 4'10" or shorter, among both men and women, although in some cases a person with a dwarfing condition may be slightly taller than that.". ...Read more

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Hello docs, is being a little person all due to genetics?

Hello docs, is being a little person all due to genetics?

Most, but not all: There are a variety of medical conditions that can result in a significant impairment of growth. These include heart, kidney and intestinal problems. The label "acquired short stature" is often used with this group. However, most of those that are very short have the genetic pattern that makes them so. ...Read more

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I was told by a radiologist that I have long lungs for a little person what does that mean I am 5"1?

I was told by a radiologist  that I have long lungs  for  a  little  person  what does that mean I am 5"1?

May not mean anything: may not mean anything if you are fine and you do not have asthma-whcih may cause lungs to be more inflated and you do not have any breathing problem ...Read more

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What exactly is achondroplasia? Who was the person to discover it?

Dwarfism.: Achondroplasia, the most common cause of nonlethal short limb dwarfism is characterized by macrocephaly (disproportionately large head) and rhizomelia (short proximal long bones in amrs/legs). Heterozygous individuals have a normal life span and normal intelligence. Homozygous achondroplasia is parinatally lethal. Incidence of nonlethal form:1:10, 000-1:30, 000. Typically de novo paternal mutations. ...Read more

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How long is a person with achondroplasia expected to live?

10 years less: A 2007 study (am j med genet a. 2007 nov 1;143a(21):2502-11.) found that due to cardiovascular and other complications, life expectancy in this disorder is about 10 years less than the average population (so, late 60s). ...Read more

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How common is achondroplasia?

1:25000: The prevalence is approximately 1 in 25, 000. It is a common cause of dwarfism however. ...Read more

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How can someone get achondroplasia.?

Achondroplasia: This is a genetic condition and can not be acquired. One is born with achondroplasia. ...Read more

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Who/what is achondroplasia named after?

Words: Achondroplasia is just a descriptive term.The plasia refers to growth, chondro to the basic cells the build the precursors of bone and "a" to signify without or abnormality of.These are word building blocks from the greek language. ...Read more

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Help me out here: what is achondroplasia?

Dwarfism:: Most people with short-limb dwarfism have achondroplasia. Bones grow mostly by making a plate of cartilage near the joint; people with achondroplasia cannot make cartilage, and their long bones grow very slowly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Achondroplasia?

What is the definition or description of: Achondroplasia?

Abnormal bone growth: that is caused by a mutation affecting fibroblast growth factor and results in shortened bones. It is one of the major causes of dysproporotinate dwarfism. The mutation can be spontaneous, especially in advanced paternal age, or inherited as an autosomal dominant. It especially affects the proximal limb bones, prominent forehead, increased lordosis or kyphosis and either bowed or knock knees. ...Read more

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What is the technical and colloquial word for achondroplasia?

Short: Achondroplasia is a disorder of bone growth that causes the most common type of dwarfism. Symptoms: the typical appearance of achondroplastic dwarfism can be seen at birth. ...Read more

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