Dwarfism

The Genetic Disorder

What is Dwarfism?

Dwarfism is a condition is which a person is abnormally small and short. In Science in Context, it states " The condition has a number of causes, some of which are hereditary, but all involve hormonal disturbances, bone or deficiency diseases, and/or organ dysfunction." Also can be from a change in a gene.

What is Dwarfism? cont.

There are four different types of dwarfism. They are Pituitary, Seckel, Achondroplasia, Dyschondrosyeosis. "The word pituitary is in reference to the pituiatry gland in the body. This gland regulates certain chemicals (hormones) in the body. Therefore, pituitary dwarfism is decreased bodily growth due to hormonal problems." states The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Other forms of dwarfism are caused by different situations and different factors are affected.

Sources

"Dwarfism." World of Health. Gale, 2000. Science in Context. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.

Schliesser, Jason S. "Pituitary dwarfism." The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Laurie J. Fundukian. 4th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Science in Context. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.