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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
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer