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Doctor insights on: Dwarfism Incidence

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What causes dwarfism?

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

Incidence (Definition)

...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...Read more


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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 is done to diagnose dwarfism?

What is done to diagnose dwarfism?

Prenatal ultrasound.: Screening with prenatal ultrasound is one way to screen for certain types of dwarfism that could potentially be lethal. Prenatal screening and diagnosis are primarily performed in the second trimester, but late first trimester fetal structural assessment is becoming more common with advances in transvaginal ultrasound imaging and the widespread use of first trimester screening for down syndrome. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dwarfism?

What are the symptoms of dwarfism?

Little people: Adult under 4 feet 10 inches and they are classified according to cause and proportionality of body parts. ...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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Mildest form of dwarfism, what is it?

Mildest form of dwarfism, what is it?

Several possible: The most common is familial short stature. The Little People of America define it as 4'10". The great jockey Willie Shoemaker is thought affected with Russell-Silver."Born 1931 in Fabens,Texas Willie Shoemaker is the most successful jockey in history. He won his first race at 18. By the time he retired in 1990 he had won 8,833 races, including 4 Kentucky Derbies, 5 Belmont Stakes, and 4 Preakness" ...Read more

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What race is mostly affected by dwarfism?

Dwarfism: Good wikipedia question and go to uptodate. I also recommend you learn to us pubmed.com to help with your research. ...Read more

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How has our understanding on dwarfism progressed?

How has our understanding on dwarfism progressed?

Enormously: the knowledge of the osteochondrodystrophies causing dwarfism has now reached the molecular level. Some are much better elucidated than others. In some, preventive therapy has become available. You may check of each entity, perhaps starting with Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man--OMIM.org ...Read more

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How many cases of dwarfism are found in the world?

How many cases of dwarfism are found in the world?

Dwarfism: Dwarfism could be any of a number of conditions that limit growth, but most people refer to achondroplasia when the describe dwarfism. Achondroplasia takes place in one birth per 25, 000 births. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dwarfism?

What is the definition or description of: dwarfism?

Dwarfism: It occurs when an individual person or animal is short in stature resulting from a medical condition caused by abnormal (slow or delayed) growth. In humans, dwarfism is sometimes defined as an adult height of less than 4 feet 10 inches (58 inches or 147.32cm). ...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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What number of different types of dwarfism are there?

What number of different types of dwarfism are there?

Dwarfism: There are multiple types of dwarfism: achondroplasia, diastrophic dysplasia, spondylo-epiphyseal dysplasia (SED), pseudoachondroplasia, hypochondroplasia, & osterogenesis imperfecta. ...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 could 2 people of normal height have an offspring with dwarfism?

Yes: Approximately 80% percent of achondroplastic dwarfs have average-size parents due to new mutations of the FGFR3 gene. ...Read more

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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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My nephew is in the 2nd percentile for height at one year but always been short.42nd percentile for weight.Could he have a growth issue?dwarfism?

My nephew is in the 2nd percentile for height at one year but always been short.42nd percentile for weight.Could he have a growth issue?dwarfism?

Genetic Height?: The key here is his parents heights. Take the average of his parents height, and add 2 for a boy. Where does this fall? Is it at the low end? Another factor is both parents puberty patterns. Were they late bloomers? This can be another cause. Should be evaluated at his one year checkup! ...Read more

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If 2 ppl, woman(156cm) and man163cm)marry, does this yield a possibility of dwarfism for their children or may result in children being shorter thn thm?

If 2 ppl, woman(156cm) and man163cm)marry, does this yield a possibility of dwarfism for their children or may result in children being shorter thn thm?

Not really dwarfism: That's a 5'1" woman and 5'4" man... Both shorter than average but in the normal range for people. "shorter than average" is not related to dwarfism, because dwarfism is usually due to a genetic problem. Without some type of defect, such normal heights should not be a factor in deciding to marry and have children, unless a parent would have some sort of psychological problem from having short kids. ...Read more

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What exactly is achondroplasia dwarfism?

Achondroplasia: ... is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. It's a genetic condition that affects the long bones. Although it is heritable, most children with the condition (up to 80%) have parents with normal stature and have achondroplasia as a result of new ("de novo") genetic mutation. The incidence is about 1 per 26,000 live births. Intelligence and life span are normal. ...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