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A dwarf is a person of short stature - under 4' 10" as an adult. More than 200 different conditions can cause dwarfism. A single type, called achondroplasia, causes about 70 percent of all dwarfism. Achondroplasia is a genetic condition that affects about 1 in 15,000 to 1 in 40,000 people. It makes your arms and legs short in comparison to your head and trunk. Other genetic conditions, kidney disease and problems with metabolism or hormones can also cause short stature.

Dwarfism itself is not a disease. However, there is a greater risk of some health problems. With proper medical care, most people with dwarfism have active lives and live as long as other people.

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  1. Dwarfism (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... adult. More than 200 different conditions can cause dwarfism. A single type, called achondroplasia, causes about 70 percent of all dwarfism. Achondroplasia ...
  2. Genetics Home Reference: Achondroplasia From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... gov Research studies OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Achondroplasia On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... names Glossary definitions Reviewed May 2012 What is achondroplasia? Achondroplasia is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. ...
  3. Achondroplasia (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)  
    ... this page It's been added to your dashboard . Achondroplasia Achondroplasia is a birth defect that affects a ... problems that can lead to death. What causes achondroplasia? A gene change (also called a mutation) causes ...
  4. Dwarfism (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... their short stature. What Are the Types of Dwarfism? Do all dwarfs look alike? Not necessarily. All ... of dwarfism bring different health concerns. Complications From Achondroplasia People with this type of dwarfism might have: ...
  5. Genetics Home Reference: Dwarfism From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... Home Conditions Genes Chromosomes Handbook Glossary Resources Conditions > Dwarfism Related topics on Genetics Home Reference: 3-M syndrome achondrogenesis achondroplasia asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy atelosteogenesis type 2 campomelic dysplasia ...
  6. Primordial Dwarfism (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... Motion Analysis Limb Length Discrepancy Orthopedics Orthotics Primordial Dwarfism Locations & Doctors About Primordial Dwarfism Primordial has been defined as belonging to or ...
  7. ... OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II (often shortened to MOPDII ) On this ... January 2011 What is MOPDII? Microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II (MOPDII) is a condition characterized by ...
  8. Insights Into Severe Form of Dwarfism Could Lead to New Treatment Strategies From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)  
    ... 2014 August 2014 Insights Into Severe Form of Dwarfism Could Lead to New Treatment Strategies Observations of ... a mutation that causes a severe form of dwarfism have led to a better understanding of the ...
  9. Achondroplasia is a disorder of bone growth that causes the most common type of dwarfism. ... Achondroplasia is one of a group of disorders called chondrodystrophies or osteochondrodysplasias. Achondroplasia may be inherited as ...
  10. Dwarfism (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... the proper way to refer to someone with dwarfism. Many people who have the condition prefer the ... on: Why not simply call a person with dwarfism by his or her name? Being of short ...
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