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If cushing's syndrome is undiagnosed during pregnancy what problems could the baby be born with? Could this cause pituitary dwarfism?

If cushing's syndrome is undiagnosed during pregnancy what problems could the baby be born with? Could this cause pituitary dwarfism?

Not really.: Cushing's doe not appear to be terribly damaging to the fetus. Most complications seen from cushing's in pregnancy result from effects on the health of the mother, which can in turn affect the health of the developing fetus. Common maternal complication is high blood pressure, which can lead to pre-eclampsia, can also predispose to diabetes during pregnancy. Once born, babies are usually normal. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes pituitary dwarfism (hypo-somatotropism)?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes pituitary dwarfism (hypo-somatotropism)?

Multiple causes: Hyposomatotropism has a variety of causes including genetic controls over production ; secretion of pituitary hormones. This cause is often detected at birth due to other accompanying signs of physical abnormalities which occur in utero. If not genetic then, other causes include trauma, infections, sarcoidosis, tumors, pituitary gland developmental problems, and cranial irradiation. Best to you! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hypopituitarism and when to be concerned? Hx of dwarfism caused by deficient pituitary.

What are symptoms of hypopituitarism and when to be concerned? Hx of dwarfism caused by deficient pituitary.

Hypopituitarism: If entire pituitary affected, not just growth hormone, other hormones such as gonadotropins, TSH and ACTH will be low as well. Symptoms are those of target gland dysfunction - absent or diminished secondary sex characteristics or menses, thyroid or adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the proper medical term for the afflictioon that causes dwarfism?

Please help! What is the proper medical term for the afflictioon that causes dwarfism?

Short stature: There are literally hundreds of causes (or afflictions) of dwarfism. One of the most common is achondroplasia but that is not the only one. ...Read more

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Is osteochondrodysplasia the cause of dwarfism?

Yes it could: Osteochondrodysplasias are a group of hereditary disorders in which bone or cartilage grows abnormally, so that the skeleton develops abnormally. Many types of osteochondrodysplasia cause dwarfism. Achondroplasia is the most common of the many types of short-limbed dwarfism. ...Read more

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Is dwarfism caused by a recessive or dominant allele?

Is dwarfism caused by a recessive or dominant allele?

It depends: It depends on what one means by dwarfism: a short stature in general (this depends on your ethnic origin as well) or a genetic syndrome which involves extremely short stature as part of the clinical picture. Some of them are dominant = inherited from a parent or rose spontaneously (de novo) in the individual. Some of them are recessive (=parents unaffected carriers of the condition). ...Read more

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Dwarfism is caused by the mutation of which chromosome?

Dwarfism is caused by the mutation of which chromosome?

Many types: There are many different types, for example, the most common type is achondroplasia which is on the short arm of chromosome 4. ...Read more

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What is the gene or chromosome that causes dwarfism?

What is the gene or chromosome that causes dwarfism?

Genes on chromosomes: The knowledge of the osteochondrodystrophies causing dwarfism has in some cases reached the molecular level. There are dozens of different kinds. Some are much better elucidated than others. In some, therapy has become available. ...Read more

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What chromosome carries the gene that can cause dwarfism?

What chromosome carries the gene that can cause dwarfism?

Probably all of them: There are a few hundred different genetic loci that produce dwarfism. Achondroplastic dwarfism is usually the result of a mutation on chromosome 4. ...Read more

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What causes dwarfism?

Often gene mutation: According to the mayo clinic most cases of dwarfism are genetic (gene mutation) in nature however sometimes the cause is not known. ...Read more

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Could pediatric neuro-sarcoidosis cause pituitary dwarfism (hyposomatotropism) in children?

Could pediatric neuro-sarcoidosis cause pituitary dwarfism (hyposomatotropism) in children?

It could be a cause: Causes of hypopituitarism can directly affect the pituitary gland or indirectly through the hypothalamus, which in turn affects the pituitary gland. Causes of hypopituitarism, of which there are many, includes sarcoidosis - a rare inflammation of the lymph nodes and other tissues throughout the body.
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Can you tell me about dwarfism?

Can you tell me about dwarfism?

Dwarfism: There are multiple types of dwarfism: achondroplasia, diastrophic dysplasia, spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia (SED), pseudoachondroplasia, hypochondroplasia, & osterogenesis imperfecta. Dwarfish is "An adult, height of 4 ft. 10 in. Or under, as the result of a medical or genetic condition." per LPA. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about dwarfism?

Dwarfism: There are multiple types of dwarfism: achondroplasia, diastrophic dysplasia, spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia (SED), pseudoachondroplasia, hypochondroplasia, & osterogenesis imperfecta. Dwarfish is "An adult, height of 4 ft. 10 in. Or under, as the result of a medical or genetic condition." per LPA. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gigantism or dwarfism?

What is the difference between gigantism or dwarfism?

Gigantism/ dwarfishm: Gigantism = abnormal increased growth due to presence of too much growth hormone in childhood. Dwarfism involves short stature. (4 feet 10 inches or less) ...Read more

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When was dwarfism brought to attention and who discovered it?

When was dwarfism brought to attention and who discovered it?

Ancient: This has been known long before writing. One of the first pharaohs had a dwarf as his entertainer, and dwarfism has enjoyed a mystique in many cultures, even being seen as desirable. ...Read more

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How many cases of primordial dwarfism are found worldwide?

About 200: Primordial means we do not know the specific cause, about 200 sub-types have been described in medical literature. With the genome project many of this causes will gradually come to light. ...Read more

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Which limitations do you have when you have achondroplasia (dwarfism)?

Achondroplasia: Beyond the obvious limitations of small stature (being short) achondroplasia can lead to severe respiratory problems that can lead to death, also joint and spine problems including twisting of the spine. ...Read more

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What about dwarfism? Is it related to the pituitary gland?

What about dwarfism? Is it related to the pituitary gland?

Infrequently: Dwarfism results from any of over 200 different conditions. 70% of little people are classified as achondroplastic (short limbs, near normal torso/head size). This results from a genetic disorder of long bone growth. Proportionate dwarfism (body parts in proportion but small) may result from pituitary failure of growth hormone secretion. Short stature in healthy people is not abnormal. ...Read more

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