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What is diastrophic dysplasia, and what are its features?

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Diastrophic dysplasia is a rare form of dwarfism. It happens in about 1 in 100,000 births. People who have it tend to have shortened forearms and calves (this is known as mesomelic shortening).

Other signs can include:

  • deformed hands and feet
  • limited range of motion
  • cleft palate
  • ears with a cauliflower appearance

From: Dwarfism WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Texas Woman's University: "Dwarfism." Little People of America: "Frequently Asked Questions." Nemours Foundation: "Dwarfism." March of Dimes: "Quick References: Fact Sheets: Achondroplasia." The University of Delaware: "Dwarfism."




Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

SOURCES: Texas Woman's University: "Dwarfism." Little People of America: "Frequently Asked Questions." Nemours Foundation: "Dwarfism." March of Dimes: "Quick References: Fact Sheets: Achondroplasia." The University of Delaware: "Dwarfism."




Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 20, 2018

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