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Dwarfism??


ok my boyfriends mum is a Dwarf (Achondroplasia) his brother also has this. If me and my boyfriend were to have children is there a chance that they could inherit this too??
my boyfriend does not have it.
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There is a 50/50 chance of the gene being passed down although your boyfriend did not fully inherit the dwarfism.
But if you do plan on a child and he/she does not have it, there is still that chance that their child can pass the gene as well. Nobody will know for sure what the outcome will be.  (+ info)

What are some good sites for information on dwarfism?


I suspect that my son may have some sort of dwarfism in him because of his short legs compared to the rest of him body. He also has a few other characteristics of dwarfism. I would like to do some research on different types of dwarfism. What are some good sites?
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hereare a few sites i hope you find them helpful  (+ info)

How many cases of primordial dwarfism are found in the world?


This kind of dwarfism is very rare and I'm doing a project on it for school. But when I try to look up how many cases are found in the world or the US, I get mixed answers from 50-400. Does anyone know the real answer?
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I know this is not the answer you are looking for, but it is the best that I can do.

When you are talking about 6 or 7 billion people on the planet, the difference between 50 and 400 is basically nothing. you are easily talking about 1 or 2 per million people. Immunizations and or medications that kill 1 or 2 of every half million people are considered very safe. It is an inconsequential number to argue over. You should be safe using any number between 50 and 400 and your teacher should have no legitimate complaints.  (+ info)

How old are children when they are diagnosed with Dwarfism?


I'm a nanny for a 16month old little girl. Her mother recently asked me if I think she may have dwarfism. She is quite small for her age and her head is a little big for her age/size. Most children's heads aren't proportional to their bodies for a few years so I told her she doesn't have dwarfism. But now I'm wondering if I'm wrong.
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You were within your rights for your answer. Dwarfism is mostly a genetic disorder and almost all dwarfs had one in the family tree within the last 2 generations too. I would highly doubt if this child is one too. Tell the mother that in dwarfism most cases would already be diagnosed by her age. Her doctor would be aware if any of her features were too small or large for her age too. Most of this child's grandparents are alive and if this condition was in the genes on either side someone would know. Females do grow and mature faster then males, and I'm betting this is a first child too. First born children have it somewhat difficult to start. The mother can't compare it to anything and each child is different too. Too bad that kids don't come with books attached. Almost every mom can use one with the first born and even a nanny can't know everything. My granddaughter is also one, and can't wait for her turn, but not too soon. Just tell the mom to relax as the baby can tell when mommy is under any stress and that's their time to act out. Keep referring her to the childs doctor too. Good luck and God Bless  (+ info)

What is the average weight for a person with dwarfism?


I need to know the average weight of someone with dwarfism. Say someone about 3 ft 6 in, would they be about 60 pounds? Any other source would have the weight for a porportionate person but to my knowlege I know that most dwarves are not porportionate.
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Because dwarfism can be so varied with the height and proportions, I would consider using not a scale to measure how much you should weigh, but checking your body fat percentage, which can be checked at any height or weight.

Body fat percentage is a better measure of diet success than your weight is.

Your doctor can check your body fat percentage, so can your gym teacher, or even your local health club. They calculate a healthy range based on your sex and height.  (+ info)

Can dwarfism be determined by chromosomal testing like CVS or amniocentesis?


Can dwarfism also be determined purely by an ultrasound?
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No i dont think they can well not yet anywhere the scans arent that advanced yet and they dont test dwarfism in the amniocentisis test they more to tell with things like downs system sorry thats all i know.  (+ info)

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.........
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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)

What are some ways to tell if there is dwarfism in the family, no one in my family is a dwarf but there might?


have been at one time. As well I am short and have signs of dwarfism but am not a dwarf. As well when I ask family members about it every one is really hush hush about it.
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You may want to go to a geneticist and get some testing done. They can test for the allele that indicates dwarfism. Genetics testing can be expensive, and the results take a long time to receive. Insurance will most likely not cover the testing. I'd suggest trying to have an honest discussion with your family and express your concern about the impact of this allele on your future children, etc. Dwarfism isn't something to be ashamed about. It's just a different trait.  (+ info)

What is the name of the doctors who specialize in dwarfism?


i am thirteen and would like to be doctor who specializes in dwarfism but need to know the name of them.PLEASE HELP THE ASPIRING DOCTOR TO BE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
the medical term please
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Doctor Oz.  (+ info)

Are there any medical conditions associated with dwarfism?


Like conditions that people affected by dwarfism commonly have
or conditions that could potentially be fatal?

Also, how does dwarfism affect a person and what is it like to have dwarfism?
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there are volumes written about what you have asked here, and I don't intend to re-write them for you, but in short, yes dwarfism is associated with several conditions and syndromes. as for what it is like to have dwarfism, you'd have to ask one so afflicted now wouldn't you?  (+ info)

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