Dwarfism is a medical or genetic condition that usually results in an adult height of 4'10" or shorter, among both men and women, although in some cases a person with a dwarfing condition may be slightly taller than that. The most frequently diagnosed cause of short stature is achondroplasia, a genetic condition that results in disproportionately short arms and legs. The average height of adults with achondroplasia is 4'0". Other relatively common genetic conditions that result in disproportionate short stature include spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita SEDc , diastrophic dysplasia, pseudoachondroplasia, hypochondroplasia, and osteogenesis imperfecta OI. As one might expect from their names, pseudoachondroplasia and hypochondroplasia are conditions that have been confused with achondroplasia; diastrophic dysplasia occasionally is, too.
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Dwarfism: Types, Causes, and More
Dwarfism occurs when an organism is extremely small. In cases of proportionate dwarfism , both the limbs and torso are unusually small. Intelligence is usually normal, and most have a nearly normal life expectancy. Those with genetic disorders can sometimes be treated with surgery or physical therapy. Hormone disorders can also be treated with growth hormone therapy before the child's growth plates fuse. Individual accommodations, such as specialized furniture, are often used by people with dwarfism. In addition to the medical aspect of the condition, there are also social aspects.
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Marylou Naccarato was an agent for the Internal Revenue Service for decades before she became a clinical sexologist. She was a speaker at its conference earlier this month in San Diego where she broke through conservative boundaries to talk the ins and outs of sex, intimacy, and lovemaking with the various limitations that may come with life as a person of short stature. Born and raised in Los Angeles to a Sicilian Catholic father and a Moroccan Jewish mother, Naccarato found herself in the sex counseling and education field by accident.
Dwarfism is a medical or genetic condition that causes someone to be considerably shorter than an average-sized man or woman. Be mindful of the words or label a person with dwarfism uses to describe themselves. Also be sensitive to the challenges or prejudice they may face in everyday life. Though there are many different causes of dwarfism, there are two main types of the condition: proportionate and disproportionate.