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Achondroplasia Little Person
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What to do if I am 5'1(40+ years old) and I am short. What is the maximum height for someone who is considered a dwarf/little person?
Under 4'10": A dwarf is defined as an adult under 4'10". You are short, but not a dwarf. ...Read more
Support groups: Check out this link for a list of support groups! http://staff.jccc.edu/pdecell/heverman/support%20groups.htm ...Read more
Short stature : Usually defined by adult heights of < 60" in a female and < 65" in a male. ...Read more
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
I was told by a radiologist that I have long lungs for a little person what does that mean I am 5"1?
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
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
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