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When are you officially considered a "dwarf"?

When are you officially considered a "dwarf"?

Dwarfish is: associated w about 200 medical conditions. One criteria for dwarfism is an adult height of less than 5 feet 10 inches ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Nwosu
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Short Stature (Definition)

Defined as having a height below the 5th percentile for ...Read more


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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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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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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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I am nineteen years old and am 4"8' in height am i considered a dwarf or midget?

I am nineteen years old and am 4"8' in height am i considered a dwarf or midget?

Short Stature: Short for your age we use cdc calculator: cdc height for age percentiles for girls (2 to 20 years) age /height to get z score , your is -16 (short stature). Remember it's not your height what counts only what is between your shoulders (your brain). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby to be born a dwarf and also have down syndrome? How rare is a down dwarf?

Is it possible for a baby to be born a dwarf and also have down syndrome?  How rare is a down dwarf?

Excedingly rare: I had occasion many years ago to investigate such a situation & needed to find answers for why some kids with ds chromosomes (t21) had totally different physical features. Run the numbers: achondroplasia (common new mutation dwarf) @ 1/15, 000 x 1/1700 (risk of ds @ 21)=1/25, 000, 000. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if the reproductive system of a dwarf is the same length and size of a average sized female?

Can you tell me if the reproductive system of a dwarf is the same length and size of a average sized female?

Achondroplasia is : the most common form of dwarfism, but there are over 200 types, so you need to specify which type. For A.D., the uterus can be normal size but its placement is abdominal, not pelvic. Penile & testicular size in males with AD can be within normal limits. The lungs can be compromised by malformations of the spine & rib cage, requiring expert care for labor & delivery of a little person female. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for dwarf tape worm?

Is there any cure for dwarf tape worm?

Yes.: Quinacrine and other antihelminthic drugs work when used appropriately. ...Read more

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Can dwarfs have babies?

Can dwarfs have babies?

Yes: In most types of dwarfism, there are no reproductive issues and there is no impact on fertility. However, due to the anatomy, it is advised to have good prenatal care as there can be complications due to collagen laxity in some forms of dwarfism. ...Read more

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Can normal sized people have a dwarf?

Can normal sized people have a dwarf?

Yes: Dwarf is a term we do not use in medicine anymore because of its despective use outside of medicine, but it was used to describe proportionate short people( mainly pepople with growth hormone deficiency). Growth hormone deficiency can be hereditary bu it can also happen in a spontaneous mutation (no parent or family history). ...Read more

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What's the difference between a dwarf and a midget?

See below: Dwarf is a general term of short stature below 4 1/2 ft (135 cm). Those who have normal body proportions are often called midgets. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someones 4"10 is that considered like a dwarf?

Can you tell me if someones 4"10 is that considered like a dwarf?

An adult height: of less than 4 feet 10 inches maximum is one of the criteria to diagnose dwarfism. ...Read more

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What's the difference between being an actual dwarf and being the height of a dwarf?

What's the difference between being an actual dwarf and being the height of a dwarf?

Different kinds: Being the size of a dwarf and being a dwarf are the same. There are many different causes of dwarfism, some of which are structural genetic bone/connective abnormalities, some are the result of hormone deficiencies and can be treated. ...Read more

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If a man with achondroplasia and a normal woman children, what is the likelihood of having dwarfs?

If a man with achondroplasia and a normal woman children, what is the likelihood of having dwarfs?

50%: If one parent has achondroplasia, a child has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the fgfr3 gene and subsequently developing achondroplasia. If both parents have the disorder, the child has a three in four (75 percent) chance of developing achondroplasia. Also, in these cases, the child has a one in four chance of inheriting the gene from both parents. Newborns who inherit both genes are considered. ...Read more

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If I am normal sized, and have a child with a dwarf, what are the chances our child will be a dwarf?

If I am normal sized, and have a child with a dwarf, what are the chances our child will be a dwarf?

50%: Achondroplasia is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. Therefore, anyone affected has a 50% chance of having offspring with the same disorder. ...Read more

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If a 2 short ppl marry, a female(156cm), and guy(164cm).Will they face the risk of getting children shorter than them or even dwarfs cz they are short?

If a 2 short ppl marry, a female(156cm), and guy(164cm).Will they face the risk of getting children shorter than them or even dwarfs cz they are short?

no: Your children are likely to be shorter than average but taller than you - there is a tendency to move towards the average over generations. This is called "regression to the mean". (no guarantees though!) be sure your baby has good nutrition! the best way is for you to have good nutrition and breast feed. ...Read more

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Does bone lengthening work only for dwarfs?

Does bone lengthening work only for dwarfs?

Dwarves?: Bone lengthening is not limited only to dwarves. However most of the time we do not perform bone lengthening for cosmetic reasons such as increasing someone's height. Bone lengthening is usually performed in cases where someone has asymmetric leg lengths. ...Read more