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what's the difference between being just being short and having pituitary dwarfism?

im doing a disease/condition report and i don't really get what the difference is because pituitary dwarfism is caused by not enough hormone production so the bones won't grow or w.e. yah i also need to know more.........

Being just short means that you are short in comparison to the population at large. This is because you are carrying the genes for shortness. You acquired these genes from your family. So if you are about your mom's height or your dad's height than you are short.

Pituitary dwarfism is dwarfism due to under production of Human Growth Factor (the hormone which controls human growth. This is a disease. It is treated, if diagnosed early by replacing the missing hormone.  (+ info)

How can I become taller, naturally, with pituitary dwarfism?

I know about the hormonal treatment, but I'd rather do something on my own at home. I heard yoga helps, but I don't think so because I've been doing yoga for three years and It's not working.

I have a lot of pituitary issues and I have to take GH injections.
I just want you to consider doing more research as GH effects more than just height, but also effects other functions in the body.
(I don't think this site is aimed towards your issue exactly but may explain more about the benefits and risks).
Once your growth plates fuse, you cannot gain height.  (+ info)

My 9 month old daughter is only 13 lbs and has not grown much. Does anyone know or have pituitary dwarfism?

She is 24 inches long and is not on the growth charts. I see the doctor on Monday but wanted to find someone with any information, so I could be informed when I speak to him. Thanks.

Are her arms and legs proportionate to her body? That is also an indication.
There can be so many issues with low weight that are not being a small person - including other pituitary issues such as growth hormone deficiency.
See your doctor, then get a referral to a special such as a pediatric endocrinologist.  (+ info)

Do you think parents should administer to children who have pituitary dwarfism ?

Some parents want their children to be taller !!!

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Is Pituitary Dwarfism Life Threatening?

I'm doing a report on this so if you find the answer, I also need the address of the site you found it on. Thank you.

A little (ha!)

Seriously though, the prognosis for each type of dwarfism varies. A panhypopituitarism dwarf does not pass through the initial onset of adult sexual development (puberty) and never produces enough gonadotropic hormones to develop adult sexual function. These individuals also have several other medical conditions. Dwarfism due to only growth hormone deficiency has a different prognosis. These individuals do pass through puberty and mature sexually, however, they remain proportionately small in stature.

If the individual is lacking only growth hormone then growth hormone replacement therapy can be administered. The success of treatment with growth hormone varies however. An increase in height of 4–6 in (10–15 cm) can occur in the first year of treatment. Following this first year, the response to the hormone is not as successful. Therefore the amount of growth hormone administered must be tripled to maintain this rate. Long-term use is considered successful if the individual grows at least 0.75 in (2 cm) per year more than they would without the hormone. However, if the growth hormone treatment is not administered before the long bones—such as the legs and arms—fuse, then the individual will never grow. This fusion is completed by adult age.

Improvement for individuals with dwarfism due to other causes such as a tumor, varies greatly. If the dwarfism is due to deprevational causes, then removing a child from that environment should help to alleviate the problem.  (+ info)

whats the frequency of pituitary dwarfism?

for how it can affect population!!! which Population specifically please also is it chromosomal or genetic I think its both

Specific genetic mutations can cause pituitary dwarfism on which work is going on.Other causes are :
Accident related trauma to pituitary glands
Surgical injury to pituitary gland
Central Nervous System tumor
CNS Trauma
CNS Radiation
In most cases,the cause is not known but it has been shown to run in families.
As of chromosomes,there seem to be disruption on different areas of chromosome 3 and 7.There is no evidence to co-relate it with a particular type of population.  (+ info)

Another mother out there???? Spina Bifida & Pituitary Dwarfism child?

Is there any other parent out there who has a child with Pituitary Dwarfism & Spina Bifida combined??? My daughter has both of these conditions, and I am unable to find another situation like hers. She has a tethered spinal cord that worsens the more she grows. But she now needs growth hormone. Surgeons and specialists are not sure which disease is most important to treat. Please help... Thanks!!

The neural tube defect would take priority in my opinion bc spina bifida can cause problems in multiple body systems. It also can cause hydrocephalus because the position of the brain blocks drainage of cerebral spinal fluid. Even if ur child has a shunt it can get infected or clogged over time. Growth hormone deficiency does not affect intelligence or brain function. GSH can be replaced by injection, but only works for so long(until bones close) and can cause high blood suger levels. hopes this helps.............  (+ info)

Does anyone have any information on Pituitary Dwarfism Disease? I cant Find anything really good.?

I think it is now called Growth Hormone Deficiency.
http://www.magicfoundation.org/www/docs/108/growth_hormone_deficiency_in_children.html  (+ info)

Can Pediatric Neuro-Sarcoidosis cause pituitary Dwarfism (Hyposomatotropism) in children ?

More than 200 conditions are known to cause short stature in a child. Most of these are caused by a spontaneous genetic mutation in the egg or sperm cells prior to conception. Other conditions are caused by genes inherited from one or both parents. In either of these cases, two average-size parents can have a child with short stature (though this is far more likely to occur with a spontaneous mutation). Similarly, depending on the type of condition causing the short stature, it is possible for little people to have an average-size child.

What prompts a gene to mutate is not yet clearly understood. The change is seemingly random and unpreventable, and can occur in any pregnancy. Generally, when average-size parents have a child with short stature due to a spontaneous mutation, it is rare to have a second child who is also of short stature. However, if parents have some form of dwarfism themselves, the odds are much greater that their children will have it as well. A genetic counselor can help determine the likelihood of passing on the condition in these cases.

Dwarfism has other causes, including metabolic or hormonal disorders in infancy or childhood. Chromosomal abnormalities, pituitary gland disorders (which influence growth and metabolism), absorptive problems (when the body can't absorb nutrients adequately), and kidney disease can all lead to short stature if a child fails to grow at a normal rate. http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/bones/dwarfism.html
Causes of hypopituitarism can directly affect the pituitary gland or indirectly through the hypothalamus, which in turn affects the pituitary gland. Causes of hypopituitarism includes sarcoidosis - a rare inflammation of the lymph nodes and other tissues throughout the body. https://www.lancastergeneral.org/CONTENT/greystone_20664.asp  (+ info)

what chromosome causes pituitary dwarfism?

Pituitary dwarfism has been shown to run in families. New investigations are underway to determine the specific cause and location of the gene responsible for dwarfism. The human cell contains 46 chromosomes arranged in 23 pairs. Most of the genes in the two chromosomes of each pair are identical or almost identical with each other. However, with dwarfism, there appears to be disruption on different areas of chromosome 3 and 7. Some studies have isolated defects for the production of pituitary hormones to the short arm (the "p" end) of chromosome 3 at a specific location of 3p11. Other studies have found changes on the short arm of chromosome 7.  (+ info)

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