Can dwarfism be passed down?
Many different medical conditions cause dwarfism. Most people with dwarfism have disorders that cause disproportionately short stature. Dwarfism is generally defined as an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches or less. The average adult height among people with dwarfism is 4 feet. Dwarfism is often present at birth or in early infancy. I suffer from dwarfism can it be passed to the next generation? Is this condition hereditary?
@saidi Hello, Causes of dwarfism include metabolic and hormonal disorders such as growth hormone deficiency. The most common types of dwarfism, known as skeletal dysplasias, are genetic. Skeletal dysplasias are conditions of abnormal bone growth that cause disproportionate dwarfism. There is a 25% chance that a child born to a couple in which both parents have achondroplasia will be of normal height. But there is also a 25% chance the child will inherit both dwarfism genes, a condition known as a double-dominant syndrome. Often parents of children with achondroplasia do not carry the mutated gene themselves. DNA tests may be done before or after birth to look for genetic mutations linked to dwarfism. Girls with suspected Turner syndrome may need DNA tests to check their X chromosomes. DNA testing may help parents with family planning if they wish to have more children. Thanks.